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, Sweet Gyiiosiire! 

FAR Fixed 

'\n Spotless Fields, 

High In The Regiohs 

•«^0F THE <^' 

Polar Might. 

Thou 5erv'5t 

To The Sons 
Of Time. 






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So, then, Elijah's life had been no 
failure, after all. Seven thousand 
at least, in Israel, had been braced 
and encouraged by his example, and 
silently blessed him, perhaps, for the 
courage which they felt. In God's 
world, for those who are in earnest, 
there is no failure. No work truly 
done, no word earnestly spoken, no 
sacrifice freely made, was ever made 
in vain. 

Distinguish, therefore, between 
the real and the apparent. Elijah's 
apparent success was in the shouts 
of Mt. Carmel; his real success was 
in the unostentatious, unsurmised 
obedience of the seven thousand 
who had taken his God for their 
God. — F. VV. Robertson. 



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Order of Harugari. 1 

Secrets of Fraternal Societies Protected in 

California 2 

Governor Johnson's Veto 2 

Order of Moose . 2 

A Valuable Movement 3 

. Painted Regalia 3 

Boy Scouts are Opposed 3 

A Law to Shelter Crime 4 

Camorrists and Others 4 

The Power of the Secret Empire. By Miss 

E. E. Flagg 5 

Contributions : 

The Shame of the Church 8 

A Call to Prayer 11 

Reminiscences. By Ezra A. Cook 11 

Editorial : 

Anti-Free-Speechism 16 

The Camorra 16 

''Their Altars by His Altar" 17 

A. Foreign National Festival , 18 

Arthur Brisbane to the Hibernians. ..... 19 

Beheaded in China , 20 

Only Christian, so Profane 20 

Homiletic Review Correspondence 22 

Whisky and Instruction for Colored 

Masons 22 

Beast and Bird Flight 23 

^'Et Tu, Brute?" .24 

Testimonies of Pastors 25 

Testimonies of Seceders 26 

Testimonies of Statesmen 27 

New^s of Our Work: 

Secretary Stoddard's Report 28 

/ Report of Indiana State President 29 

Agent Davidson's Report 30 

"What is Duty?".... 30 

Mrs. Lizzie Woods' Letter 31 

The Nebraska Bill 32 

Canadian Correspondence 32 



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"Jesus answered him, — I spake openly to tlie wurid; aad io secret have I said nothing." John 18:20. 


CHICAGO, MAY, 1911. 


The business session of the annual 
meeting will be held Thursday morning, 
May 1 8th, in the West Chapel of Whea- 
ton College, convening- sharply at ten 
o'clock. All interested in meeting the 
agents and other friends and hearing of 
the progress of our work are' invited to 
be present. 

The afternoon session will be held in 
the same place, and among the speakers 
w^ill be Rev. J. E. Hartzler, our Indiana 
State President; and Rev. I. B. Trout, 
one of the editors and prominent work- 
ers in the Church of the Brethren, will 
be present, no providence preventing. In 
the evening session we shall hear Presi- 
dent Blanchard and Mr. E. Y. Woolley, 
assistant pastor of the Moody Church. 
He has had a many-sided experience, 
and his addresses are always interesting, 
informing and helpful. 

We trust that the annual meeting will 
be a season of spiritual blessings and a 
renewal of strength for our great work. 

In America the Lutheran church has 
57 orphans' homes ; 33 homes for aged ; 
3 homes for defectives ; 10 deaconess 
mother-houses ; 48 hospitals ; 8 hos- 
pices ; 18 immigrant and seamen's mis- 
sions ; 6 home finding and children's 
friend societies, and 5 city missions and 
rescue leagues. These have a valuation 
of $8,181,798, and an endowment of 

Every great Christian reform will be 
successful in proportion to the earnest, 
believing prayers behind it. We are 
grateful for the letters commending the 
Prayer Circle. No letter has been richer 
in its helpfulness than the following : 
Orange City, la., R. 2, April nth, 191 1. 
My Dear Bro. Phillips: 

I have noted your desire to form a 
Prayer Circle for the cause of your As- 
sociation. Allow me to say that I have 

remembered the National Christian As- 
sociation in prayer every morning be- 
tween 5 and 6 o'clock, since 1906, I 
think. This is my hour for the "^linistry 
of Intercession," as Dr. Murray calls it. 

I shall gladly continue to do so for 
the future. I can say, that this work 
has already brought many a blessing to 
me. Respect, yours, 

J. B. Van den Hoek. 
Carnes' Parsonage Christian Reformed 



Organized in New York City in 1847,. 
at a time when the Germans in the 
United States, among other foreigners, 
were antagonized b}^ the dominance of 
native American sentiment, the society 
was made up exclusively of Germans, 
and formed not only an asylum or 
refuge, but contemplated affording relief 
to its members in sickness and distress 
and caring for their widows and or- 
phans. The Order was formed, in adch- 
tion to the purposes specified, for the 
preservation of the German language, 
literature, customs, and traditions in 
America. The name Harug'ari was iden- 
tified with the ancient German tribe, the 
Cherusci, which was conquered by the 
Romans under Tiberius, but achieved its 
independence, led by Arminius, when it 
defeated the Romans under Varus. The 
name was taken from the old German. 
Haruc signified a forest, and the old 
Teutons who met in the forests were 
called Harug'aris. It now has about 300 
lodges in twenty-seven States of the 
Union, and a total membership of about 
30,000 men and women. \W>men mem- 
bers, wdio number about 7,000, meet 
in separate lodges, which are governed 
and conducted as are those for men. One 
of the outgrowths of the organization is 
the Harugari Singing Society, to which 
20,000 members belong. 


May, 1911. 


Sacramento, California, March 3d. — A 
fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment 
not exceeding one 3^ear, according to a 
bill now passed b}- both houses of the 
legislature, will be the punishment of any 
person publishing, selling, offering for 
sale, or even having- in his possession, the 
ritual of any secret society or lodge. To 
disclose any secrets is punishable to the 
same extent. — The San Francisco Call. 


Sacramento, CaL, March 24. — Gov- 
ernor Johnson has vetoed Assem.bly Bill 
718, making it unlawful for any one not 
a member of a fraternal, benevolent or 
secret society to have in his possession 
or to print or sell any expose or state- 
ment of the secret or unwritten work of 
the society. Governor Johnson says that 
he does not approve of the intent of the 
proposed law in endeavoring to^ protect 
something about which the law can know 


The bill was drafted by Attorney 
Grove L. Johnson, father of the gov- 
ernor, and grand master of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows of this 
state. The bill was introduced by As- 
semblyman Cronin, at the request of 
Johnson, Sr. 

In his veto message. Governor John- 
son says that the proposed law would 
jeopardize the constitutional right of 
freedom of speech, and freedom of press. 
He points out that the bill cannot dis- 
criminate between good and bad societies, 
and that there have been many secret so- 
cieties in the past whose rituals and oaths 
were inimical to the government and sub- 
versive to society, and says : I would not 
make it a crime to expose the secrets of 
such organizations. 

He also points out that the law would 
be difficult if not impossible of execution, 
and that the only way to prove that an 
expose was an expose would be to com- 
pare it with the real work of the society, 
which would be revealing the very se- 
crets that the Bill was drawn to protect. 
— San Jose Mercury, reprinted in The 
Free Methodist. 

A pleasant smile and a sweet voice are 
great helps on life's journey. 


The Loyal Order of Moose was or- 
ganized April i2th, 1888, at Louisville, 
Kentucky. At a recent Supreme Lodge 
meeting at Baltimore, Maryland, fifteen 
thousand members were present. 

The following titles are given to- the 
officers in the lodge : Dictator ; Past Dic- 
tator ; Vice Dictator ; Secretary ; Treas- 
urer ; and Prelate. 

Something of the character of this 
order may be learned from the trial of 
the Steward of the Moose Order at 
Chambersburg Pennsylvania, for selling 
liquor, for which he was convicted, 
and following which the buft'et of the 
Moose Lodge was closed. The Deputy 
Supreme Organizer of the State, Mr. 
Stull, on the witness stand said that he 
supposed that there were about four 
hundred lodges in Pennsylvania. He 
stated that he selected the members when 
organizing a lodge and then the Su- 
preme Lodge passed upon them. He 
said that the Supreme Lodge gave the 
Subordinate Lodges a charter to run a 
buffet. Mr. Stull said that the lodge 
was not instituted with the idea of get- 
ting around the license laws. Under 
cross examination Mr. Stull said that he 
knew nothing about the connection be- 
tween the Supreme Lodge and the 
buffet. He said that the Supreme Lodge 
had nothing tO' do with the local buffet, 
and that there is nothing in the charter 
about a buffet. Geary McMichael, bar 
clerk, said he is Past Dictator of the 
lodge. He called it "an argument" 
which followed when some of the mem- 
bers decided to open a buffet. The 
lodge never formally acted upon it. Mr. 
W. W. Stitely, a trustee of the Cham- 
bersburg Lodge, said that the proceeds 
from the sale of liquor goes to- the profit 
of the house, no individuals profiting, 
and that there is a lodge treasurer and 
a club treasurer. The club fund pays 
rent for the house. He said he was told 
there would be a buffet when he was 
asked to join. . . 

The above account of the trial is taken 
from the Evening Herald of Waynes- 
boro, Pennsylvania, and it seems 
that a distinction is made between the 
lodge and the club. Something within 
the lodge is formed for the purpose of 
handling the liquor and looking after 

May, 1911. 


the profits. The judge remarked that 
this case was very important ; and point- 
ed out that the Moose Lodge had entered 
Mont Alto, where Hquor Hcenses had 
been refused retailers. The Moose are 
said to be closely allied to the Order of 
Elks and the Eagles. Such revelations 
as the above ought to have a peculiar 
interest to temperance advocates. 


"Christian Association of Houghton 

''The object of this association is to 
gather and to disseminate information 
concerning secret societies in their rela- 
tion tO' Jesus Christ and to the home, 
Church and State; to fortify the position 
of the Wesleyan Methodist Church 
against these societies ; to train students 
of Houghton Seminary for aggressive 
anti-secret work; to help the pastors and 
Christian workers to devise and to op- 
erate the best methods of dealing with 
the subject; and to co-operate with all 
who are interested." 


In publishing' what purports to be the 
description and history of an alleged por- 
trait of Washington, the Toledo Times 
Bee paper repeats the myth of member- 
ship in Alexandria lodge from the date 
of its charter until that of his death. We 
are aware of no substantial reason for 
believing that he ever held active rela- 
tions with any loclge except the one in 
Petersburg. From this we think he was 
never transferred, though other lodges, 
including Alexandria lodge, counted him 
a nominal member, and Alexandria made 
him nominal master. It was purely a 
case of ''absent treatment." 

As to the Master's collar shown in the 
Toledo paper's picture, it is easy to paint 
one. Judging by Washington's own 
written statements, he appears to have 
had no use for this part of what he called 
"child's play." 

Reference is made to what he wore 
when he laid the corner stone of the 
Capitol. We have always doubted 
whether he knew of the existence of the 
famous apron said to have been prepared 
by Madame Lafayette, before he was 
rather suddenly invested with it in a tem- 

porary lodge into which a Masonic es- 
cort took him for a brief halt on the way 
tO' the ceremony. Lack of courtesy w^as 
not his failing, and he wore the apron. 
But he laid the corner stone as Presi- 
dent ; another man was there as Masonic 
master, to make it a constructively Ma- 
sonic, as well as actually presidential, 
corner stone laying. 

Whatever apron he wore, and what- 
ever regalia the original artist or any la- 
ter one painted into the picture for the 
glory of Masonry or the confirmation of 
a myth, the cut published by the Toledr) 
paper has no authority to contradict 
words which the living man himself took 
pains to write. Truthfulness is ascribed 
to him by all not influenced by Masonry. 
The notion that he presided over lodges, 
he called an "error." 


Central Labor Union Sees Danger in the 

The central labor union of Pittsfield has 
started a movement against the Boy Scouts of 
America. There are four companies of the 
Boy Scouts at the Methodist church, while in 
other churches companies are being organ- 
ized. The following is a copy of the resolu- 
tions adopted by the union : 

"Whereas, an attempt is being made by cer- 
tain Wall street millionaires, assisted by the 
Young Men's Christian Association and vari- 
ous other so-called religious societies, to or- 
ganize the boys of our country into an organ- 
ization known as the Boy Scouts of America, 
a semi-military association ; and 

''Whereas, we, as members of organized 
labor, being pledged to the principles of 
brotherhood and international peace among 
the working classes of the world and loyalty 
to each other, are forced to render an em- 
phatic protest against this movement for the 
following reasons : 

"First. The pledge required from each re- 
cruit requiring him to submit to blind obedi- 
ence to the orders of so-called superior offi- 
cers, which is a relic of the autocratic past. 

"Second. The clause (article 2, scout law) 
pledging its members to remain loyal to their 
employers through thick and thin, which prac- 
tically means the training of our young men 
and boys to become 'scabs' and strike break- 
ers in times of industrial conflict. 

"Third. The attempt to arouse and instill 
the spirit of medieval barbarism and mili- 
tarism into the minds of future generations 
of wage earners; therefore, be it 

"Resolved by the delegates to the central 
labor union of Pittsfield, Mass.. in regular 
meeting assembled, that we condemn this so- 
called benevolent movement, which under the 
guise of philanthropy and the welfare of our 


May, 1911. 

children seeks to make slaves and traitors of 
our sons. 

"Resolved that we request the membership 
of each union here affiliated to withdraw all 
support of whate\er nature to this movement 
or the various societies engaged in aiding this 

"Resolved, that a copj- of these resolutions 
be spread upon our minutes ; and that each 
imion be furnished with a copy." — Springfield 
Republican, ]\Iarch 12. 

The last clause of the "first" reason 
may be undeniable, but in the mouth of a 
labor unionist does not lack drollery. The 
first resolution appears adaptable to 
Freemasonry — more so. in fact, than to 
Bov Scouting'. What is implied in the 
word "request," used in the second reso- 
lution, union members probably know ; 
we do not assume to interpret the inno- 
cent-lookino^ word. Yet it cannot have 
hcen used in such a place with expecta- 
tion of futility. 


The Oregon law prohibits copying 
or circulating any part of the Masonic 
ritual, one part of which is the pledge 
to keep the secrets of a fellow member of 
the third degree, "as inviolable as my 
own, when committed to and received by 
me as such, murder and treason except- 
ed — and these, only, at my own option." 
Murder and treason, these only, are ex- 
cepted ; two crimes, two only, prove a 
rule which covers the general mass of 
crime. Crimes against property — theft, 
robbery, burglary, arson — are secrets to 
he kept as inviolable as any Mason's own. 
Every possible crime against social pur- 
ity and personal morality — adultery, for- 
nication, incest, rape — must be covered by 
the opaque Masonic veil. To protect a 
Masonic brother whom he never saw be- 
fore, another apron wearer must sacrifice 
his nearest and dearest relatives ; he can 
warn no man that loss of property is 
impending ; he can hint to no mother that 
she needs to guard her innocent daugh- 
ter from a confessed design ; a Mason's 
plans to do evil are sacred, if the evil 
does not involve murder or treason. This 
systematized villainy is covered by the 
mantle of Oregon law. A commonwealth 
offers the services of her courts to aid 
clannish concealment of all crimes save 
murder and treason only. 


"It would be a mistake to generalize 
upon Italian character from the revela- 
tions touching the Camorrists in the ex- 
traordinary trial now going on at Vi- 
terbo," remarks a well known daily pa- 
per, which, after discussing the society 
and certain conditions of southern Italy, 
proceeds to consider related or similar 
organizations which have existed in 
America. It afifirms that : 

"We in this country have not been free 
from secret oath-bound organizations 
terrorizing thousands who took no part 
in their crimes. The Ku Klux organiza- 
tion, formed tO' rid the South of carpet- 
bag government, went from bad to 
worse, and no doubt crimes of mere pri- 
vate vengeance were perpetrated in its 
name. The White Caps and the Night 
Riders are instances of the same sort of 
organizations for different purposes. 
.Various oath-bound orders, known as the 
Sons of Liberty, the Knights of the Gold- 
en Circle, and' by other names, organized 
in the middle West during the Civil war, 
at first for the purpose, as it was de- 
clared, of protecting Democrats in the 
exercise of the elective franchise, grew 
into a dangerous, potential insurrection, 
having the object of releasing Confed- 
erate prisoners, seizing forts, civil and 
military ofihcers and supplies, and insti- 
tuting such a fire in the rear of the ad- 
ministration at Washington as should 
force an armistice with the Confederacy. 
There have been many other such secret 
organizations in this country, some of 
them wrested from a comparatively in- 
nocent or positively patriotic purpose to 
become the active agents of evil, which 
abundantly proves that it is not alone 
the Italian temperament and tradition 
that are favorable to the growth of dan- 
gerous underground influences." 

The Lutheran Church has a larger 
per cent of her men in the church than 
any other of the leading denominations 
— this per cent being 46.1. The Dis- 
ciples come next with 40.0; then the 
Baptists and the Methodists each with 
38.5 ; the Presbyterians with 37.9, and 
the Episcopalians with 35.5. 

May, 1911. 


Cl)e ^otoer of t|)e Secret Cmpire 

IBp ^t!30 (K» ©♦ JFlafis 

New Scenes and Old Faces. 

Let the reader imagine me a necro- 
mancer whose magic wand, waved Hghtly 
over him, has the power of putting him 
to sleep for about forty years ; for though 
a great many things may happen in that 
period of time very interesting to the 
world at large, to say nothing of minor 
events equally interesting in a smaller 
way to the individual, none of which 
would be omitted by a conscientious his- 
torian or a careful biographer, I am 
neither the one nor the other. I am sim- 
ply telling the story of my experience 
with Freemasonry ; and if, when nearly 
all the states passed laws prohibiting ex- 
tra-judicial oaths, and the churches of 
Christ everywhere disfellowshipped ad- 
hering Masons, the institution had act- 
ually died down as it feigned to do, I 
should probably make this my concluding 
chapter, or, what is more likely, not have 
written any story at all, preferring to 
let the dead bury its dead in decent obliv- 

But the wounded dragon of Masonry 
did not yield up its life so easily. At the 
South, under cover of the night-dark 
wing of slavery, it hid in shame and dis- 
honor, to slowly recover from its griev- 
ous hurt, and finally creep forth again 
into the light — not always under its true 
name — while brave men and women, 
fighting with tongue and pen for the 
freedom of the slave, never dreamed what 
chains were forging in secret, or how in 
their own free North the time would come 
when, under the intimidating power of 
the lodge, men would dare not freely dis- 
cuss its claims ; when editors of religious 
journals would refuse, in their craven 
fear of losing patronage, to publish arti- 
cles ag'ainst it ; and even the Christian 
ministers, while hating it at heart, should 
be afraid — Oh, shame ! — actually afraid 
to stand up in the pulpit and speak God's 
truth concerning it. 

But in passing over such an interim 
of time, there must necessarily be many 

scattered threads, which it behooves me 
to gather up and knit into one general 
whole before I proceed further. 

Of the scores of persons actually par- 
ticipating in the murder of Morgan or 
consenting thereto, only five were con- 
victed. Loton Lawson was sentenced to 
two years' imprisonment, Nicholas G 
Cheesboro to one, and Eli Bruce, Edward 
Sawyer and John Whitney to varying 
terms of one month or more, and this 
was all that resulted from four years' 
trials and investigations. 

That these men were considered by 
their brethren of the lodge, not as con- 
victed felons but as martyrs to the Ma- 
sonic cause, may be inferred from the 
fact that they remained in full fellowship 
therewith as members in good and regu- 
lar standing ; that they were visited daily 
while in jail by their Masonic brethren, 
in many cases accompanied by their 
wives and daughters ; that they wxre fur- 
nished with every luxury money could 
procure, and, when their term was up, 
escorted from prison in triumph. But 
O, most benevolent Masonry, where were 
thy bowels of compassion for many an 
unfortunate brother confined within 
those very walls, not for kidnaping and 
murder, but for debt? 

Darius Fox came unexpectedly back 
to Brownsville about a year after his 
sudden flight — nowise improved by his 
stay among the wild and reckless char- 
acters of the Western frontier. Why he 
chose to run the risk of returning ; 
whether he had been led to believe that 
all danger of conviction was over, or 
whether his course was dictated by mere 
braggadocio, is more than I can say. But 
he talked swaggeringly about having 
"come back to stand his trial," and had 
his small circle of admirers, who sur- 
rounded him in store and tavern, and 
praised and cheered him as if he had done 
a very brave and plucky thing in re- 

Perhaps he had overlooked the possi- 
bility that some of his associates in evil 


May, 191L 

might turn state's evidence against him. 
A few days after his unexpected appear- 
ance in Brownsville one of the men con- 
victed of abducting ^Morgan gave testi- 
mony in regard to his own share in that 
transaction that would inevitably have 
consigned him to a felon's cell had he 
not been found dead the next morning. 
The cause of his sudden death was said 
to be apoplexy, though a story, never ex- 
actlv authenticated, was whispered about 
and believed by many in Brownsville that 
he had really hung himself in a moment 
when remorse and fear of punishment 
so acted on a mind unbalanced by drink 
as to drive him to self-destruction ; and 
his family, to avoid the dishonor attach- 
ing to the name of suicide, had attempted 
to cover up the fact by ascribing his un- 
timely end to a cause which was not the 
true one. 

But whether he met death by his own 
hand or in the common orderings of 
Providence, Darius Fox went tO' his own 
place, where, in the course of years, all 
his companions in crime followed him ; 
into that dim eternity towards which the 
evil and the righteous are alike hasten- 
ing, where the deeds done in the body 
are either angel's wings ever raising us 
higher in the scale of purified being, or 
weights sinking us deeper and deeper 
into the pit of final despair. 

For three years the proprietor of the 
Park Tavern tried to carry on his busi- 
ness in the face of wrongs and outrages 
that in number and petty malignity fell 
to the lot of no other anti-Mason of those 
days. Hear his own words on the sub- 

"My help was hired to leave me ; others 
sent who, after being hired, would get in 
debt and prove unfaithful. Sham sales 
of stage horses would be made to un- 
principled drivers who would keep their 
horses at my house on usual contracts, 
and, when a quarterly bill was presented 
against the ostensible owner, it would be 
shoved off upon the driver, who was ir- 
responsible and would abscond ; or, if 
sued, pay the debt on the jail limits. 
Merchants with whom I had dealt would 
divide my accounts, and sue me on each 
day's trade, causing me to pay unneces- 
sary costs." 

Nor did they stop short at personal 

violence, as witness his further testi- 
mony : 

''My furniture was injured, and, in my 
attempts to save it from destruction, I 
have been choked in my own house till 
my family were alarmed lest my life 
should be taken. All this was done with 
the avowed intention of tempting me to 
commit assault and battery, or seek re- 
dress by lawsuit, that they might avail 
themselves of the law to destroy me ef- 

The fight was too unequal. What 
chance had one man, however just his 
cause, against hundreds working in se- 
cret conclave tO' accomplish his ruin? 
Mr. Greene disposed of his business in 
Batavia, and as a public lecturer did 
more, perhaps, than any other man to en- 
lighten the public mind on the real nature 
of Freemasonry. 

Undaunted by opposition, undismayed 
by danger, though he once came very 
near sharing the fate of Morgan, he 
kept on his way, lecturing, editing, pub- 
lishing, side by side with a young man, 
William Lloyd Garrison by name, who 
had just heard the bugle-call to another 
conflict which was destined erelong to 
be the one great absorbing issue that 
should swallow up all others. 

The Liberator and the Antiinasonic 
Christian Herald were both published in 
the same building and delivered by the 
same carrier ; but, while one waxed and 
grew, the other waned before the new 
struggle for human rights. And when 
a terrible punishment was at last meted 
out to us ; when every newspaper was, 
like the prophet's scroll, written through- 
out with mourning and lamentation and 
woe ; when Rachels wept their dead in 
Northern and Southern homes alike, who 
saw the secret hands working in dark- 
ness and silence to prolong the contest ? 

Good patriots on the Union side 
blushed for the cowardice and incom- 
petency that stayed idly in the trenches 
for weeks and months; that led hosts of 
brave men to inglorious slaughter or dis- 
graceful flight before the enemy. Could 
they have known that promotion did 
not depend on bravery or merit, but on 
the number of Masonic degrees ; could 
they have witnessed those secret mid- 
night meetings when Northern generals 
fraternized with the enemy, they would 

May, 1911. 


liave had a better understanding of the 
whole subject. And when the guns of 
the Rebelhon were silenced and the 
smoke cleared away, could they have 
seen delegations from Northern lodges 
on a visit to Southern cities uniting in 
brotherly union with Knights of the 
Golden Circle, these same good people 
would not have been so slow to recog- 
nize, grinning under the mask of the 
Ku Klux, the same old enemy against 
which Samuel D. Greene so faithfully 
warned his countrymen. 

He died on the threshold of the on- 
coming struggle — a new struggle with an 
ancient foe, and saw not its end. Pur- 
sued even to the last by the unsparing 
hatred of the lodge he died as he had 
lived, boldly testifying to "the truth as 
it is in Jesus" against every ''unfruitful 
work of darkness," and now, translated 
into that great "cloud of witnesses," per- 
haps he does see the end after all. 

Bright, mischievous brother Joe mar- 
ried early in life a fair acquaintance, of 
Brownsville, who, I have reason to sus- 
pect, was the same he accompanied home 
from Jake Goodwin's party, and emi- 
grated to Kansas in the early stages of 
its struggle to be a free state, where, as 
a friend and associate of John Brown, he 
participated in more than one stirring 
scene of that eventful era. 

Sam Toller has long since passed from 
earth, but there is still a circle, slowly 
narrowing, who hold him in kindly re- 

Luke Thatcher has represented his na- 
tive state in the legislature, and is looked 
up to by his neighbors as an honest, far- 
seeing man who is always on the right 
side of every social and political question. 

Mr. Jedediah Mills lost his lawsuit and 
his farm — a result not hard tO' predict 
from the beginning. Anxiety and trouble 
SO wore upon him that he did not live 
long after, and another name was added 
to that hidden roll of martyrs to the 
lodge which God keeps in his secret place 
against the day "when he maketh in- 
quisition for blood." 

Mark Stedman's life has been one of 
constant warfare with every prevailing 
and popular form of sin. When the anti- 
Masonic excitement died away, and even 
he believed that the lodge had fallen 
never to rise again, he turned his atten- 

tion to the crime of American slavery. 
At a time when the mere avowal of 
Abolitionist principles cost more than the 
present generation can readily conceive, 
he preached, prayed and worked for the 
emancipation of the slave. And careless 
of fine and imprisonment, out of his own 
slender store he and his good wife Han- 
nah sent many a fugitive rejoicing on 
their way towards the North Star — a 
work in which Rachel and I not infre- 
quently had the pleasure of helping, for 
both families left Brownsville and m.oved 
to Ohio about the same time, where we 
settled in easy visiting distance of each 

We are a staid elderly couple now, 
Rachel and I, with a number of grand- 
children to spoil, and one or two grown- 
up fledglings still lingering about the 
home nest. But our little David never 
went forth with sling and stone against 
any of these moral Goliaths that from 
time to time have come out from their 
Philistine fastnesses to defy our Ameri- 
can Israel. One bright summer day we 
laid him under the green grass in 
Brownsville cemetery, and on another 
summer day as bright, there came to our 
home a second little David. He sleeps 
in his nameless grave at Antietam. Still 
another of our boys donned the blue and 
marched proudly away to die by slow 
starvation in a Southern prison. 

Oh, it is not in hours of joy that hearts 
knit tog'ether the closest and strongest ! 
From that mighty baptism of anguish 
Rachel and I came forth united in the 
grand fellowship of suffering, without 
which love is like gold that lacks the test 
of the crucible. 

And now, having brought ni}^ story 
down tO' Anno Domini 1870 or there- 
abouts, I take it for granted that the 
reader is sufficiently interested to wait its 
further development, first promising that 
the end is not far off". For with Rachel 
and me the shadows are bcQinnino- to 
stretch eastward. She sits shelling beans 
on the porch, which commands a view of 
rich Ohio cornfields basking in the Au- 
gust sun. a gray-haired, placid-browed 
matron. But the fires of youth flash still 
from her brown eyes, showing that she 
has not materially altered from the quick, 
imperious Rachel of former days. 

If anv one doubts it, let him rouse her 



^lay, 191L 

indignation by some act of meanness or 
duplicity, and if he doesn't have cause to 
remember that day as long as he lives, I 
am very much mistaken. 

(To be continued.) 




For many years it has been the cus- 
tom of various secret orders to ask the 
privilege of coming" once a year into 
some church and having a sermon 
preached in glorification of the order. 
\\'e have also known that on the occa- 
sion of corner-stone laying, lodge men 
have been accustomed to seek some no- 
toriety for their lodges by having a 
place given to them in the order of ex- 
ercises. On funeral occasions also 
lodges have been for many years accus- 
tomed to seek to force their way into 
homes and churches irrespective of the 
wishes of the afflicted ones. Few men 
have been conversant with the life of the 
Church during the last twenty-five years 
w^ho could not relate instances of one or 
all these lodge impositions on the church 
of Christ. 

In our time, however, there is a new 
and a most humiliating change in this 
respect. Instead of the lodge begging 
for the notice of the church, the church 
appears on her knees before the secret 
society. So far as we are informed this 
movement began with some of our evan- 
gelists. They, as w^as recently remarked 
in the Cyxosure, began to invite various 
lodges to attend their meetings, and a 
rivalry was instituted among the secret 
orders to see which one could or would 
turn out the greatest number of men at 
the Evangelist's meeting. This move- 
ment seems to be on the increase at this 

It is natural that such a plan should 
extend, and it is moving in that direction. 

There lies before me as I write the 
weekly circular of a rich Presbyterian 
church of New York City. It mentions 
the different meetings of the week, tells 
of the special music which is to be ren- 
dered, and then says that all the ^lasonic 
lodges of the district in which it is lo- 
cated are invited to attend the gather- 
ings on Easter day. Of course all well 
informed people know that secret so- 
ciety men are not usually members of 
churches and that they do not ordinarily 
attend their meetings. It therefore seems 
as if there is on foot an eft'ort to secure 
a crowd on a few occasions by asking 
lodgemen who do not care enough for 
the church to become identified with it 
to turn out and give it a boost. 

What Is the Real Motive? 

It is always dangerous to judge men's 
motives. Wq can hardly be sure of our 
own, and of course to know those of 
other people is far more difiicult. The 
natural feeling is that such eft'orts are 
intended to increase the contributions. 
It would probably be said by those who 
adopt these means of getting in men 
that the plan is adopted in order to get 
men who- do not go to church ordinarily 
to come. It would very likely be said 
that it is a good thing to get men to 
religious gatherings by any and all 
means in order that they may be saved. 
The character of the Evangelists who 
have used this method, is such that we 
ought to hope as firmly. as we can that 
their intentions are not selfish, but be- 

But whatever the actual motives may 
be, we 'are fully persuaded that the re- 
sult of such attempts will be evil, and not 
good. Elijah invited the Priests of Baal 
to his great meeting on Carmel. They 
also came. But the meeting did not in- 
volve any flattery of Baal or his serv- 
ants. The Evangelist on that occasion 
called for a decision between the two 

Mav. 1911. 


objects of worship, and when the people 
had declared that Jehovah was God he 
had the prophets of the idols slain. If 
the method of our modern preachers 
were the same, there could be no objec- 
tion to them on the score of infidelity to 
God's word. We fear that they are not 
the same; From what we have seen and 
heard we cannot hope that prophets 
who in our time invite lodgemen to 
their meetings, are disposed to draw the 
hne between the worship of Jehovah and 
the false gods as Elijah did. On the 
other hand, they seem disposed to mix 
the two worships up, and to intimate, if 
they do not say, that Jehovah and Baal 
can in our time work in perfect har- 
mony if their followers will try to do 

If the Bible is true, this is an awful 
mistake. It does not give us the least 
reason to suppose that the real antago- 
nism between Christ and his rivals has 
lessened with the lapse of time. If 
Elijah were to conduct a meeting in Chi- 
cago it would go forward on the very 
hues of Carmel. No man has w^arrant 
■from Scripture for proceeding on any 
•other. In fact it appears to us a fear- 
fully dangerous thing to attempt any 
modification of the pattern set before 
us in the mount. We are not speaking 
•of the death penalty the prophet inflict- 
•ed, but of the declaration of an irrepres- 
sible conflict which he made. 

The Beast and the False Prophet. 

We have heretofore spoken of these 
two great enemies of God and man and 
do not purpose to repeat the argument. 
W^e do, however, wish to recall the es- 
sential facts and to give an illustration 
from current history. The wild beast of 
Revelation is a representative of godless 
government, and the False Prophet is a 
representative of Christ-rejecting reli- 
gions. The godless government carries 
the harlot church, and the harlot church 

directs the wild beast. We may, there- 
fore, expect to find members of the 
Christ-rejecting lodges in legislative and 
executive and judicial stations, and to 
find government making provisions for 
defending the false religions. The wild 
beast carries the harlot, and the harlot 
guides the wild beast. 

The state legislatures of Ohio, Indi- 
ana, California, Oregon and Nebraska 
have all been attempting, recently, to 
pass laws making it an offense punish- 
able by fine or imprisonment to ''publish, 
sell or oft'er for sale any book, pamphlet 
or circular" exposing the secret work of 
any fraternal society, except under the 
supervision and authority of the grand 
body of such fraternal society. These 
laws mean that lodges may organize ^d 
sell their ceremonies, oaths, and obliga- 
tions to deceive, ensnare, humiliate and 
paganize the young men and women of 
our nation, and if any servant of God 
and friend of humanity undertakes to 
prevent the lodge doing so by revealing 
its traps, snares, and pitfalls to the pub- 
lic which it wishes to plunder and en- 
slave, the state will step in and punish 
him for doing so. 

All students of the Word of God will 
remember that both godless government 
and the false prophet, or the harlot, are 
to be cast into the lake of fire. That is 
to be the end of them. ^leanwhile they 
will do all the evil they are permitted to 
do. We are not to fear them. Satan is 
mighty, but God is Almighty. The Dra- 
gon animates and controls both the wild 
beast and the false prophet, but at the 
end he also will be thrown into the lake 
of fire. Thus far these attempts of god- 
less government to defend Christless 
rites and ceremonies have not succeed- 
ed very well. Such attempts will not 
succeed if God's people are watchful. If 
they slumber and sleep they will justly 
suft'er. But when the church is caught 



May, 191L 

awav the wild beast, the false prophet 
and the drai^on will work fearful havoc 
among- the tribulation saints, until the}' 
are cast into the fiery lake. 

A Governor's Excuse. 

The Governor of Oregon, one of the 
states in which one of these laws was 
recentlv enacted, replying to a remon- 
strance, wrote as follows : 
Dear Sir : — 

I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 
March •28th. I have received in the last few 
days a number of letters of similar purport 
to yours, several of them enclosing the draft 
of the bill in question, and most of them being 
circular letters signed by the party sending 
them. It seems to me that those w^ho are 
sending these letters (whose sincerity I do not 
doubt) have been misinformed regarding this 
bill. The bill, as I understand it, was framed 
as a remed\- for recent occurrences in this 
state, in which a man who had formerly been 
a member of a secret society advertised him- 
self as being authorized to confer the de- 
grees and teach the ritual of this society. In 
doing this he violated the oath which he had 
voluntarily taken, and perjured himself for the 
sake of financial gain. It was from this con- 
dition that I understand that the bill came, 
and I could see no harm to it and filed it with 
the Secretary of State. I trust that its work- 
ings will disabuse your mind of your belief in 
its viciousness. 

With kind regards and best wishes, I am. 
Very sincerely, 

Oswald West. 

But the law was as follows : 

''Section i. That it shall be unlawTTil 
for any person, firm or corporation, 
either directly or indirectly, to write, 
print, indite or circulate, or procure to 
be written, printed, indited, or circulat- 
ed in any language, any signs, plates, 
rituals, or secret work, or any part 
thereof, of any fraternal order or fra- 
ternal society, having a Grand or Su- 
preme lodge in this state, or having a 
Grand or Supreme lodge with jurisdic- 
tion in this state, without the written 
authority of such Grand or Su- 
preme lodge. Any person, firm, or cor- 

poration violating any oi the provisions 
of this act shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor and upon conviction 
thereof shall be punished by a fine of 
not less than $50 nor more than $500." 

The reader will observe that this law 
says nothing about seceding members of 
secret orders, but forbids free speech to 
any and all persons, firms and corpora- 
tions. Just as slavery a few years ago 
would not permit men tO' say anything 
against the buying and selling of men, 
women and children, so secret orders in 
this state by this legislation are seeking 
to gag every man who wishes to save his 
fellow men froiii lodge bondage by re- 
vealing the bloody oaths and foolish cer- 
emonies by which it enslaves its victims- 

But suppose the law was intended to 
stop the mouths of seceding lodgemen 
only ; in what respect would that im- 
prove the situation ? Does a man lose 
his right to free speech when he joins 
a secret order? If he finds the order 
evil, has he not a right to say so and to 
seek to save men froui the trap into- 
which he has fallen ? 

Or suppose he is not moved by Chris- 
tian motives but by desire of gain, what 
then? Is it worse for him to sell the 
secrets, for which he had paid, than it is. 
for the lodge to do so? Is it the ofiice 
of government tO' create monopolies in. 
secret societies, and tO' let one set of men 
sell what it punishes other men for sell- 

No Buying or Selling Without the Mark of 
the Beast. 

The fact is that we have here another 
case of the great movement above indi- 
cated. If a man wishes to work and does 
not wish to pay tribute to a lodge, put 
him out of the shop, and if he comes, 
back, kill him. If instead of a man it 
is a woman who wishes to earn honest 
bread without the permission of a secret 
society, then kill her. And if some one 
who has joined one of these organized 

May, 1911. 



TDands of murderers wishes to come out 
and warn his fellows against the order, 
^end a sheriff after him and fine him or 
put him in jail or do both. 

Nullification in Our Public Schools. 
It is sad to see that in some cases the 
officers of our public school system are 
failing to do their duty in regard to the 
Tdov and eirl fraternities which were de- 
stroying the morals and the scholarship 
of our young people. This seems not- 
ably true in Chicago, if we are tO' be- 
lieve the newspaper reports. It is sig- 
nificant, however, that the law in general 
stands fast. In our state legislature a 
bill proposing to regulate the public 
schools in this particular was referred to 
a committee of which a Freemason was 
chairman. As, however, he was also' a 
minister, and is strongly opposed to the 
'liquor business, we trust that this will 
not be a case of putting the lamb to 
nurse with a wolf. As all know, there 
are some Masons who value their duty 
to the community more highly than their 
lodge obligations ; we trust that this is 
such a case. No' matter how this may 
be, the argument is over, and the ver- 
dict is rendered. The American people 
know that secret societies are bad for 
young folks, and even if they are foolish 
or wicked enough to unite with such or- 
ders themselves, they dO' not wish their 
children to do it. Let us therefore take 
courage and press on. — JVheaton Col- 


The enemy has come in like a flood. 
False systems of philosophy, false wor- 
ships, science falsely so called — all these 
are rife. The Sabbath is desecrated. 
Satan is ''transformed into an ang"el of 
light." Churches, stumbled by the very 
simplicity of the Gospel, and affrighted 
at the clamor and boasted power of the 
forces of evil, are trying to make 
the truth more attractive. Alen are for- 

cross is ceased," the truth has lost its re- 
generative power. They forget the fact, 
enunciated so clearly by the great re- 
former, Martin Luther, that in religion 
"What is not of God must needs be of 
the devil." — D'Aiihigne's Hist., page 146. 

How reassuring, how comforting in 
such times of confusion and conflict are 
God's promises. How simple, reason- 
able and necessary are the conditions up- 
on which we may claim them. ''If ye 
abide in Me," if "My words abide in 
you," "Ask what ye will, it shall be 
done." "Ask anything in My name, I 
will do it." "Nothing shall be impossi- 
ble to you." And how gracious is God ! 
He does not stop with promises ; lest a 
sense of our failure in meeting the con- 
ditions should overcome our faith and 
deter us, he commands us to "pray with- 
out ceasing," to "continue in prayer." 
And as we know not what to pray for, 
oftentimes, the Spirit himself "helpeth 
our infirmities." 

How should we cry "day and night," 
and give Him no rest until He over- 
throws Satan's substitutes for His way of 
salvation. Specially in view of the Con- 
vention of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation soon to be held in Wheaton, 111., 
shall we not pray earnestly that those 
who plan may have wisdom from above ; 
and that the power of God may rest up- 
on all who attend this meeting ? K. 



that, when "the offense of the 

Discussion on C. & N.-W. Train. 


In the seventies I spent much time 
along the line of the Iowa division of 
the C. & N.-W. R. R. 

Early one Saturday morning, when 
speeding eastward, I was drawn into a 
discussion that lasted more than an hour. 
Our car had at first but twelve or fifteen 
passengers, all men. but the entire car, 
even to the aisles, was soon filled from 
the other cars. The conductor, wearing 
a large Masonic 32d degree gold bad^e, 
standing near us, was an in.terested lis- 
tener, except when his duties at stations 
called him away. M}- interrogator 
proved to be a Methodist minister, who 
occupied the seat in front. 

Although many of the verv words 





''Yes, the grand hailing sign of 

used in this debate are photographed on 
mv memory. I have the aid of memo- 
randa made immediately after the occur- 
rence. The moment I handed this Ma- 
sonic champion my business card in an- 
swer to his query as to my business, he 
attacked me viciously, and as was doubt- 
less his intention, he gave me little op- 
portunity to ask his name. I wdll give 
the account in the dialogue form in 
which it occurred. 

^Minister (^turning to me) — "What 
business are you in ? I handed him my 
business card. 

]\Iinister — "You publish a paper op- 
posed to Secret Societies?" 

Cook — "Yes, sir ; Christian Cyno- 

^Minister (in a loud tone) — ''I met 
one of your ilk the other day, and I gave 
him a drubbing that he will not soon 
forget. He began to tell me how he got 
a free ride by giving the conductor a 
^Masonic sig:n instead of his fare." 


3>Iinister — "That's what he called it, I 
believe. He wanted to go on and tell 
me more about it, but I shut him up 
mighty quick and said, 'You infamous, 
swindling scoundrel and hypocrite — you 
pass as a Christian reformer, and yet 
confess to have deliberately swindled a 
railroad company.' He tried to quibble 
and explain, but I told him to shut up." 

Cook — ''For all you know he paid his 
fare to the conductor, after he had prov- 
ed that the sign he gave the conductor 
worked as he expected. I have no doubt 
that he did pay the conductor. You say 
yourself that you refused to give him 
any chance to explain, and you boast of 
it ! Christ's picture of a Christian is a 
man who does not strive or cry ; biit you 
strive and cry out about a man that you 
say you called the worst names you 
could think of, though you had not prov- 
ed him guilty of any offense against law 
or morals. And you are so anxious to 
proclaim your unfairness that you raise 
your voice and call me a man of his *ilk,' 
with the evident purpose of bringing 
reproach upon me, a man whom you 
never saw before. But please take no- 
tice my friend that I am ready to de- 
fend the truth of God, and my belief 

that Freemasonry is a curse and an 

Minister — "Freemasonry is a moral 
institution established by virtuous men 
wdth the praiseworthy design of calling" 
to remembrance the most sublime truths 
in the midst of the most innocent and so- 
cial pleasures, and is founded on liberal- 
ity, brotherly love and charity. It is a 
beautiful system of morality veiled in 
allegory and illustrated by symbols.'' 

Cook — "That sounds pretty good to 
3^ou, doesn't it? I have read it and heard 
it before. It is a good cjuotation from 
Sickels' Monitor." 

Minister — "You outsiders know noth- 
ing whatever about Masonry. The 
Bible is the great light of Masonry. The 
best men that ever lived have belonged 
tO' the order. The immortal Washing- 
ton was our Grand Master." 

Cook — ^"You need to keep a little clos- 
er to the book. Freemasonry simply 
claims that the Bible is one of the fJiree 
great lights, which are : the Holy Bible, 
square and compass. As to the good 
man argument, that hardly holds good, 
I take it, or if it does, the bad man argu- 
ment matches it. Aaron Burr was a 
high Mason, and I believe Benedict Ar- 
nold was also', and some of the vilest 
men that have ever lived have been mem- 
bers. Therefore, according to your 
logic, it must be bad. If this good man 
argument holds water, then that murder- 
ous institution the Ku Klux Klan was 
an ideal institution, for not only deacons 
and elders, but ministers like yourself, 
were honored members of that treason- 
able order. By the bye, IMackey, your 
great Masonic lawgiver, says that trea- 
son is not Masonically a crime." 

Minister — "I reiterate nw statement 
that the Bible is the great light of Ma- 
sonry. True, the square and compass 
rest on the Bible, but they are speech- 
less, while the Bible speaks to all human- 
ity. I concede that scoundrels some- 
times w^orm their way into Masonry, as 
they dO' into the Church. You sneer at 
what you call the good man argument, 
but I say the best criterion of the char- 
acter of any society is the men it pro- 
duces ; and the membership of such men 
as Washington, and all of our other 
presidents of the Union, is the best possi- 
ble proof that Freemasonry is the grand- 

May, 1911. 



est institution on earth ; and as I said, 
the Bible is its standard guide and law 
book. Everywhere throughout the 
world Freemasonry is known, revered 
and practiced." 

Cook — "You say Freemasonry is 
known and practiced all over the 

Minister — "Yes, wherever man is 
found this fraternity blesses him." 

Cook— "Is the Bible found on the Ma- 
sonic altar in Mohammedan countries ?" 

Minister — "Well, no ; the Koran is 
used there." 

Cook — "With square and compass up- 
on it?" 

Minister — "Yes, of course, they don't 
have the Bible in a Mohammedan coun- 

Cook — "Or in any country except in 
a Christian country?" 

Minister — "No, I suppose not." 

Cook — "Did you ever take the Bible 

on the Masonic altar and read from it, 

in the lodge or chapter?" 

Minister — "No, we have Monitors, 
where the prescribed Scripture passages 
are printed, and we use those." 

Cook — "You say the 'prescribed pas- 
sages.' Then, certain passages only may 
be read. And the prayers too are pre- 
scribed, are they not? You don't dare 
pray in the name of Christ, but must 
use the prayers found in the Monitor?" 

Minister — "Emphatically no ! I pray 
as I please, and I use the name of Christ 
always, and I always shall." 

Cook — "Even when Jews are present? 
You know perfectly well that in con- 
nection with the prayers printed in the 
Monitor, there is a note saying that all 
prayers must be of like tenor, i. e., 

"You make a great ado about Grand 
Master Washington. The Masons could 
not wait until Washington's mouth was 
closed in death before they began to use 
his name as a bait to draw men into the 
order. So generally was this h'ing story 
of Washington's Masonic leadership 
published, that even Rev. Snyder, whom 
Washington had appointed his historian, 
was deceived and wrote to Washington 
about it. In Washington's reply he said 
on this subject: 'The fact is, I preside 

over none, nor have I been in one more 
than once or twice in the last thirty 
years.' Still further, Edward Livingston 
and Andrew Jackson, both Freemasons 
of high degree, were the two men who 
opposed a vote of thanks by Congress 
to Washington when he retired to pri- 
vate life. 

"After Washington's death Freema- 
sons again began to talk about Grand 
Master Washington. A little later, in a 
most singular manner, the question of 
Washington's Masonic connection was 
carefully investigated, and it was not 
only proved that Washington had never 
held Masonic office, but that any Ma- 
sonic honors would be distasteful to 
him. When it was proposed to honor 
Washington by Congressional action at 
the close of his wonderfully noble, self- 
denying patriotic services, the only men 
who opposed such a vote of thanks were 
Livingston and Jackson, both high Ma- 
sons. The man who, after reading 
Washington's farewell address, could be- 
lieve him capable of promoting the in- 
terests of such an institution as Ma- 
sonry must consider him the champion 
hypocrite of the age. Li^ndoubtedly 
these prominent public men and high 
Masons knew of his letter to Rev. Mr. 
Snyder and considered Washington a 

Minister — "I don't care what the 
Monitor says. I pray as I think right 
and best. I am a Freemason and a free 
man. What you say about W^ashington 
is a pack of lies invented by reckless 

Cook — ^"Well, of course, you know 
that prayers in the name of Christ are 
unmasonic. Have you ever been in a 
lodge with Jews?" 

Minister — "I don't know, and I don'r 
care. You anti-Masons are all of the 
time lying about Masonr}-. Of course, 
it depends on the chaplain as to the 
prayers. Some use the prayers from the 
Monitor, but I don't." 

Cook — "Well, I suppose these gentle- 
men listening are perfectly willing to ad- 
mit that you are lawless. Some of them 
will tell you that, if you ever do pra}" in 
a lodge where there are Jews, the Wor- 
shipful Master, if he knows his busi- 
ness, will certainly publicly call you 
down. You brao- of the universalitv of 



May, 1911. 

the order, ami yvi llic 'real moral stand- 
ard" is the sacred b(">Dk of an\- counti-y ; 
and that L^reat li.^ht. as you call it, is 
always whatever will catch gudgeons. 

"Doubtless yoti have orated about the 
great age of the order. You know that, 
strictK <]H'aking, histe)rically, the order 
is abmit 1 30 }ears of ag'e — born in a 
ta\ern. as was appropriate, the Apple 
d'ree TaNern. of London, in i/i/. I am 
willing to admit that its principles are as 
old as sin. You are a Ivoyal Arch Ma- 
son ?" 

.Minister — ^"Yes, I have taken the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree and am a High 
Priest of the Chapter, wliich I consider 
a oreat honor, as several gentlemen here 
])resent know. And 1 am not used to the 
discotirteous treatment \ have received 
at \-onr hands. Y^ou know nothing about 
?\lasonr\-, nor does any one else, who is 
not a ?\lason, know anything whatever 
of the character of this order. Their 
])retended knowledge is a fratid. They 
would show true wisdom by minding 
their own business. They can't hurt the 
order which has lived for ag'cs un- 
harmed — never loved and more highly 
appreciated than to-day; while the 
wretches who have broken their solemn 
obligations wn'll rot in dishonored graves. 
^^_)ti have made a great ado about the 
exclusion of the name of Christ from 
Masonic ])ravers. His name is not ex- 
cluded in m\- lodge or chapter either, 
vour lies to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing; but I don't blame those who do omit 
His nanie. or even those who have n<i 
other religious belief than in that of the 
(ireat Architect of the llniverse. I still 
insist that the Ihble is the great light 
of Masonr) , in this country at any rate." 

Cook — 'Tt seems to me al)out time this 
discussion about the r)ible being the Ma- 
sonic guide and the Masonic use of the 
name of Christ was settled. T refuse to 
adnu"t that, in comparis(^n with Albert 
G. Mackev. Robert Morris. 1). I)., IX. D., 
and Daniel Sickels, 33(1 degree Masons, 
men who have made Masonry, the Ma- 
sonic champion here knows very much 
about Freemasonry. It grieves me to 
feel compelled to say to him : You are 
not honest in stating what you do know. 
You are not only a Royal Arch Mason, 
but at the head of your Chapter — its 
Hii'li Priest. \'ou have confessed that 

you do not read the Scriptitres in either 
the lodge or chapter directly from the 
Bible. Y^ou have tried to deny the au- 
thority of these books, even while using 
theiu. There is no Monitor in as general 
use as Sickels, but the Scripture read- 
ings are the same in all of the Monitors. 
What is the Scripture reading in the 
Mark Master or 4th degree, and in the 
Royal Arch degree?" 

Minister — ^''Froiii ist Peter, 2d chap- 
ter, and 2d Thess., 3d chapter.'' 

Cook — ^"Yes, Quotations from the 
New Testament. That does not betoken 
a time immemorial in age, does it? Nor 
does it confirm as valid the plea that the 
barbarous oaths of the order are the 
relic of ancient lieathenism, which 
clings to a savagery practiced at the 
time this ancient order was born ; but 
this is neither the oiily nor the worst 
fraud. In this Mark Alaster's degree 
the name of the Lord Jesus is cut out 
of His own Word! In the Monitor we 
read : 'Wherefore, brethren, lay aside all 
malice, and guile, and hypocrisies, and 
envies, and all evil speakings. If sO' be 
ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious ; 
to whom coming, as unto a living" stone, 
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of 
(lod and precious ; ve also, as living 
stones, be ye built u]) a spiritual house, 
an holy priesthood, to oiTer up sacrifice 
acceptable to God.' In the IToIy Royal 
Arch degree the name of the Lord Jesus 
is also cut oitt of His own Word. In the 
Monitor we read : 'For we hear that 
there are some which walk among" you 
disorderly, working not at all, but are 
Ixisybodies. Now them that are such, 
we command and exhort that with quiet- 
ness they work, and eat their own bread." 
Thus it is shown that in both of these 
passages Masonry cuts out the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ from His own 

"The truth is that this order, fatuous, 
or infamous, for its power to shield crim- 
inals and promote favoritism and misrule, 
is infinitely more dangerous as a false 
religion — a religion without Christ, yet 
definitely promising its votaries salva- 

"Robert Morris, D. D., LL. D., says 
Freemasoiu"}^ is a relig-ion. Albert G. 
Mackey says. Freemasonry is a religion 
in which all men can agree; and in his 

May, 1911. 



Ritual he uses these words, which are 
burned into my memory all the deeper 
when I think of the murder and resurrec- 
tion play which all Masonic writers say 
forms the basis and the subject of 'their 
Sublime degree of Master Mason.' Most 
of you who are listening to this friendly 
debate know exactly to what I refer; and 
when you were the victims of that mur- 
der play some of you were Christians, 
and probably those of you who were not 
promised Almighty God you would never 
engage in such a horrible tragedy again 
in any capacity. The quotation I refer 
to is as follows : 'The Master Mason rep- 
resents man when youth, manhood, old 
age and life itself have passed away as 
fleeting shadows, yet raised from the 
grave of inicjuity and quickened into an- 
other and better existence.' But for the 
horror with which such passages filled 
me (and there are many more of like 
tenor), I should never have entered the 
fight ag"ainst this devils' religion. If 
any of you object to my designation of 
the ordei: which my opponent delights 
to term the handmaid of religion, please 
note the justice and accuracy of my de- 
scription. All must agree that at best 
the religion of Freemasonry is not the 
religion of Christ, whom they exclude 
from the order, and whose name they 
even cut out of His own Word. It is no 
more than just to say that Freemasonry is 
gentile worship. That great expositor of 
Christianity, Paul, says the things which 
the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to 
demons, and not to God. Friends, it is 
a terrible, terrible thing to sell your- 
selves to Satan. There is only 'one name 
given under Heaven among men where- 
by we must be saved,' and Freemasonry 
robs yon of that name which is above 
every name." 

Minister — "Of all the contemptible 
screeds to which I have ever listened, 
this is the worst — the most contemptible ; 
and you, my lodge brethren, must agree 
with me that this debate has gone be- 
yond the bounds of common decency. 
This ignoramus insists on forcing us to 
judgment on statements by men whose 
authority I dispute and repudiate. I am 
the slave to nobody's opinion or teach- 
ings. As I have said, I am a Freemason, 

but a free man, and will do honiage to 
no one." 

Cook — "Well, I will 'appeal from 
Caesar drunk to Caesar sober.' This 
sounds like charging the dominie with 
drunkenness. I do not mean that he has 
been imbibing real corn juice, but I do 
charge that he is drunk with his own 
importance, and I can see that you agree 
with me. More than one high Mason, 
who knows that I have as extensive a 
Masonic library probably as is found in 
the State of Illinois, has frankly said, 
'Mr. Cook, you know a great deal more 
about Masonry than I do.' My ministerial 
friend will, I believe, concede, v.hen 
he cools off, that all wisdom, even all 
Masonic wisdom, will not die with him. 
Gentlemen, I thank you for your cour- 
tesy extended toward me in this debate. I 
assure you that the Golden Rule is the 
rule of my life, and its author, Jesus 
Christ, is the one whom my soul loveth. 
I shall meet you at the bar of God. If I 
am to greet you as a fellow inhabitant 
of a mansion in glory, I know it will be 
because you have abandoned yourselves 
to Jesus Christ, and decided no longer to 
remain in fellowship with an institution 
which has cast out as vile that name 
which is above every name in earth or 

Wheaton ! called a brakeman. I knew 
that we were nearing the lovely town 
where I should meet beloved children 
who were attending what seemed to me 
the best school in the world — Wheaton 
College, but I did not realize that we 
were so near the town, and I was startled 
at the brakeman's cry. And if I was 
startled, what shall I say of my trem- 
bling, dejected ministerial antagonist, 
who an hour and a half previously had 
so recklessly, not to say brutally, at- 
tacked my personal character and the 
cause of Christ, which includes anti-^Ia- 
sonrv as well? 

The man called to a great Avork must 
not waste his life on trivial things. He 
must not act like the keeper of the 
lighthouse wdio gave to the people in 
the cabins about him the oil which was 
intended for the mighty lanterns of the 



May, 1911. 



Those who swear men to blindfold se- 
crecy, naturally wish to enforce secrecy 
upon those who do not submit to their 
oaths of darkness. In their interest, and 
to further this mediaeval design, the Ore- 
gon legislature has subserviently passed 
House^Bill No. 6, entitled, "A Bill for an 
Act prohibiting the writing, printing, or 
circulating of the secret work of frater- 
nal orders without express authority of 
such orders, and providing a punishment 

''Be it enacted by the Legislative As- 
sembly of the State of Oregon : 

''Section i. That it shall be unlawful 
for any person, firm, or corporation, 
either directly or indirectly, to write, 
print, indite, or circulate, or procure to 
be written, printed, indited, or circulated, 
in any language, any signs, plates, rit- 
uals, or secret w^ork, or any part thereO'f , 
of any fraternal order or fraternal so- 
ciety, without the expressed authority of 
such fraternal order or fraternal society. 

"Section 2. Any person, firm, or cor- 
poration violating any of the provisions 
of this act shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and upon conviction there- 
of shall be punished by a fine of not less 
than $50, nor more than $500." 

We note a few implications and ef- 
fects of this inquisitional legislation. 

1. It betrays the lack of previous en- 
lightenment in Oregon. 

2. It betrays vestiges of the tenth 
century still traceable in the twentieth. 

3. It offers that protection to the 
Jesuit order, together with the federa- 
tion of societies under its control, which 
is adapted to facilitate its purpose to 
make American education parochial, and 

4. It makes a misdemeanor, punish- 
able upon conviction, of mentioning in 
print, or making known in a letter of 
warning to an intended victim, anything 
accounted secret by any Chinese Tong, 
Clan-na-Gael, Mafia, Mollie Maguire, or 
kindred conspiracy against public or pri- 
vate welfare. A man cannot write such 
a letter to a member of his family, with- 
out breaking Oregon law. 

5. The bill is a complete endorse- 
ment of exposures and rituals as correct 
and true. It recognizes that the secrets 
are not secret. 

6. It is of the nature of the old laws 
belonging to union of Church and State. 
It savors of the colonial mustiness of 
some Atlantic coast early history ; it even 
smells of the old Spanish dungeons. 

7. No more than the edicts of earlier 
paganism, can this kind of prohibition 
extinguish the light of Christian civiliza- 
tion so that it cannot shine into the dark 
corners where the devotees of darkness 
wish to hide. The servants of Christ, 
free elsewhere, have still a large range 
in which to teach Christian truth even in 
Oregon. The bill does not cover all 
Christian service ; it does not suspend its 
penalty over every act of light bearing 
patriotism. Besides this, it can dig a 
dark dungeon for ''Giants Pope and Pa- 
gan" only within the fields of Oregon. 


"Americans have become familiar with 
the 'Black Hand,' an organization of 
Italian criminals which has instigated 
many crimes in this country, and which 
extorts money under threats of violence 
and murder. It is also' known that this, 
in America, is a mere extension to this 
country of the methods of what is known 
as 'The Camorra,' in Southern Italy. This 
is an organization, with a well-known 
head, man}^ of the members of which are 
also known ; but it is so skillfully man- 
aged, and has so many members, that its 
crimes can seldom be traced tO' any one 
person, and its members are sO' hig"h in 
official position that the guilt of any 
member can seldom be proved. 

"The Italian government has been try- 
ing for years to suppress the Camorra, 
but has not been successful. At last, dis- 
coveries have been made which it is 
hoped will lead tO' the execution of some 
of the leading members, and the break- 
ing up of the organization. About three 
years agO' a member of the Camorra was 
found to have been murdered. His name 
was Genarro Cuocolo, and his wife was 
also found to have been murdered. For 
three years the government detectives 
have been working on the case, and have 
at last obtained proof of the complicity 

May, 1911. 



of the head of the Camorra, Enrico Al- 
fano, or Erricone, and other prominent 
leaders in the crime. They have been ar- 
rested, and the testimony in the trial is 
expected tO' implicate many prominent 
persons in Southern Italy in member- 
ship in this criminal organization. The 
trial is expected to last two or three 
years, and it will be one of the famous 
legal cases of history. It is hoped that 
the result will be a death blow to the 
Camorra, and Americans are interested 
because it will also aid authorities in this 
country in identifying' and punishing 
members of the 'Black Hand,' and in 
putting an end to its crimes." — The 
Watchman (Boston). 


On the fourteenth day of June, at 
the exactly calculated hour when the 
Masonic grand lodge of Oregon con- 
venes at Portland, three representative 
members will convene a grand lodge ses- 
sion on the slope of Mt. Moriah, at Jeru- 
salem. Doubtless many of the more su- 
perstitious members of the order will 
feel this to be an impressively closer rec- 
ognition of Solomon, whose name is 
falsely used in the Masonic ritual, though 
even high Masonic authority denies that 
he ever knew anything* about Freemason- 
ry. Essentially Masonic his conduct may 
have been, when, after having- built a 
temple dedicated tO' Jehovah, he was se- 
duced in later years into complicity with 

"For it came to pass, when Solomoii 
was old, that his wives turned away his 
heart after other gods ; and his heart was 
not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was 
the heart of David his father. For Sol- 
omon w^ent after Ashtoreth, the goddess 
of the Sidonians, and after Milcom, the 
abomination of the Ammonites. * * * 
Then did Solomon build a high place for 
Chemosh. the abomination of Moab, in 
the mount that is before Jerusalem, and 
for Molech, the abomination of the chil- 
dren of Ammon." 

We have, in fact, been assured by a 
Freemason that he knew of no reason for 
supposing that Solomon was ever any- 
thing but a Sun-worshiper. One of the 
fraternity, who has, longer than any oth- 
er of those bowing to the East as Sun- 
worshiping Masons, served continuous- 

ly as Masonic grand chaplain, is to enact 
the scene at Jerusalem, opposite the 
Mount of Offense, in conjunction with 
two companions of the same cult, like a 
pagan ''suckled in a creed outworn." 

We are naturally turned back to Mil- 
ton, who, reviewing the mustered forces 
of the fallen aspirant, tells us that : 

"The chief were those who, from the pit of 

Roaming to seek their prey on earth, durst' fix 
Their seats, long after, next the seat of God, 
Their altars by His altar, gods adored 
Among the nations round, 

>l< :i: ;|; ^; ^ ;); ^ 

And with their darkness durst affront His 

First, Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with 

Of human sacrifice, and parents' tears. 

^ >i^ >i^ >i< ^ >i; >f; 

^,- -1= * tj^g wisest heart 
Of Solomon he led. by fraud, to build 
His temple right against the temple of God, 
On the opprobrious hill ; and made his grove 
The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence 
And black Gehenna called, the type of Hell. 
Next Chemos, th' obscene dread of Moab's 

>!; ;|< ;|c ;■< 5j; ^ ^ 

Peor his other name, when he enticed 
Israel in Sittim, on their march from Nile, 
To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe. 
Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged 
Even to that hill of scandal, by the grove 
Of Moloch homicide ; lust hard by hate ; 
Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. 

»T» 'j^ r^ 'fc ^-» y^ 5jC 

•-!< ^ ^ With these in troop 
Came Astoreth, whom the Phoenicians called 
Astarte, queen of Heaven, with crescent horns ; 
To whose bright image, nightly b}^ the moon, 
Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs ; 
In Sion, also, not unsung, where stood 
Her temple on the offensive mountain, built 
By that uxorious king, whose heart, though 

Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell 
To idols foul." 

And now, long afterward, luitaught by 
sacred writer or by poet, the devotees of 
the like cult return to the valley side, to 
bow toward the East almost opposite the 
other hill where the ancient high place of 
pag'an abomination affronted the sacred 
cit}^ and the Temple of its God. Already 
Mohammedan superstition has mounted 
the height; Masonic superstition, crawl- 
ing after, halts on the slope. So mote 
it be. 

Praise is encouraging; it brings out the 
best that is in a man, and inspires him to 
do his duty cheerfullv and faith fullv. 



May, 191L 


In giving our readers a chance to read 
part of an editorial taken from the Hi- 
bernian, we call attention to a few points 
on \\hich the secret order is congratu- 
lated by the editor. It is the leading edi- 
torial,, and its heading, "Our National 
Festival,'' refers solely to the Irish na- 
tion. It may be recollected that a Penn- 
sylvania priest identified the MoUie Ma- 
guires with the Hibernians. This Ro- 
man Catholic society may, for aught wc 
know, be more exclusively national in the 
Irish sense than the Knights of Colum- 
bus, but it shares with that order in be- 
ing of the group of combined secret or- 
ders of which the Jesuit is the head. 

It is to be noticed that the editor is 
pleased with recognition of the festal 
day as if it were an authorized American 
holiday. The order of the New York 
postmaster is copied in full ; the same 
conditions are said to have prevailed in 
all other public offices in New York City ; 
at the Catholic Cathedral, city, state and 
United States officials joined the arch- 
bishop, who was formerly chaplain of the 
Hibernian society, in reviewing the pa- 
rade. The military marched with this 
secret order as if with something national 
in the American sense. With the state 
militia was associated the driUed Hiber- 
nian Military Company. After making 
these notes, we now call special atten- 
tion to this statement : 

'Tor the first time in the history of 
the postoffice in that city, St. Patrick's 
Day was officially recognized on exactly 
the same grounds as a legal holiday." 

We quote the first part of the Catholic 
secret society editorial, asking the reader 
to note the points to which we have 
cahed attention : 

"We predicted in our last issue that tlie 
celebration of our National Festival would 
this year be attended by more than the 
usual enthusiasm and would surpass all for- 
mer demonstrations in numbers and mag- 

"Our words, we are glad to say, have 
been fully verified, and we can look back on 
the celebration of 1909 as the most success- 
ful, from every point of view, that has yet 
taken place. 

"In many parts of the country the day 
assumed thei proportions of a national holi- 

day, and citizens of all classes and condi- 
tions, native as well as adopted, joined 
most heartily Avith our fellow-countrymen in 
adding eclat to the festivities. 

"In the city of New York, the great me- 
tropolis of the nation, where our people 
abound in large numbers, this was especially 
the case. For the first time in the history 
of the post office in that city St. Patrick's 
Day was officially recognized on exactly the 
same grounds as a legal holiday, as can be 
seen from the following order issued on. 
March 16 by Postmaster E. M. Morgan: 

" 'The attention of superintendents of di- 
visions, departments and stations of this 
office is directed to the fact that Wednes- 
day, March 17, 1909, will be observed as a 
holiday by many of our citizens, and they 
are directed to grant excuses from duty on 
that day to all employes making application 
therefor, when the same can be done with- 
out interfering with the requirements of the 
service, as has been done heretofore on days, 
observed as holidays. 

" 'E. M. Morgan, Postmaster.' 

"This was not only a recognition of Ire- 
land's National Festival, 'but it showed the 
general observance of the day, for it carries 
with it the intimation that business would 
be generallj^ suspended and that the services, 
of the postal officials would not be required. 

"The same conditions prevailed in all oth- 
er public offices, and many prominent busi- 
ness houses suspended operations for the 

"New York, of course, surpassed all other 
cities in its grand parade, which made a. 
magnificent spectacle as it moved up Fifth 
avenue to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where it 
was reviewed by Archbishop Farley, pur 
former National Chaplain, and the city, state 
and United States officials. 

"At the head of the parade marched the 
military, composed of the historic Sixty- 
ninth Regiment, the First Brigade of the 
Irish Volunteers, St. Anthony's Military Ca- 
dets and the Hibernian Military Company, 
numbering in all over five thousand men. 
as well drilled as any soldiers in the United 
States; clean-cut, active and stalwart in ap- 
pearance and marching in a manner that 
elicited the most enthusiastic applause from 
the hundreds of thousands of spectators that 
crowded along the line." 

A sad but common experience of 
mankind is to have an appreciation of 
our privileges born only at the burial 
of our opportunities. 

May, 1911. 




Several months ago Arthur Brisbane, 
■of the Nezv York American, was a 
speaker at a gathering reported by the 
National Hibernian, which said : 

"Undoubtedly the most enthusiastic 
'godspeed' ever given to any delegates 
bent upon a mission of national peace 
and unity was that tendered by the Hi- 
bernians of New York County to Rev. 
Father Philip J. O'Donnell, pastor of 
St. Philip's Church, Boston, and Na- 
tional President Matthew Cummings, by 
over four hundred members of our or- 
der on Friday morning, April 2, at Shan- 
ley's Roman Court, Broadway and 42d 
street. New York." 

Mr. Brisbane was introduced as one 
who needed no introduction to the Irish 
of New York. Early in his speech he 
remarked : 

"I suppose that I am about as Irish 
as anybody here really. My great- 
grandfather was born in Dublin, and my 
mother was born in Sligo. But, at the 
same time, I will talk to you as an or- 
dinary American citizen, without any 
special pretensions to a hearing from 
you, about what I believe is the good in- 
fluence of your organization, entirely 
apart from Irish matters." 

Mr. Brisbane then proceeded at once 
as follows : 

''Of course, you know that I am a 
newspaper writer, and I am employed 
b)y a newspaper that expresses dissatis- 
faction very often and protests. Now, 
I believe the most important thing in 
America, as in Ireland, is eneroetic, de- 
termined and continued protest against 
injustice. (Applause.) Your organi- 
zation, which has lasted under its pres- 
ent name or other names for centuries, 
is one of the most protracted, deter- 
mined, dionified and ceaseless protests 
against injustice that the world has ever 
known. You have kept it up for cen- 
turies. You have seen the same kind of 
thing die out in other countries. You 
have seen rebellions — and submissions. 
But the Irish people have kept up the 
light, and it is as vigorous now as it 

has ever been in the history of the long 
struggle. (Applause.) 

"Now, your own officers will tell you 
what they expect to do ; what they hope 
to accomplish directly in Ireland or for 
Ireland. I want to tell you that I be- 
lieve that you are doing a great thing 
as an example in America. The things 
that are done gradually in this country 
are as harmful and threatening in the 
long run as if they had been done in a 
more brutal, tyrannical and public way 
across the ocean." 

Later in his speech to the Hibernians 
he said : 

"The glorious thing for the Irish to 
remember is that they are a ruling race. 
Wherever they go they rule out of all 
proportion to their numbers. That is 
an inspiring thing. A man need not be 
discouraged because he does not win 
right away. We ought to be conscious 
of the fact that keeping alive Irish feel- 
ing and nationality is the main consid- 
eration. There is not a man that can 
help respecting the Jews, for the reason 
that they have stuck to their own peo- 
ple and belief. They have not a single 
bit of country that they can call their 
own, but they stick together, and if you 
hurt one of them, another one is apt to 
hurt you. The Irish people have got that 
to keep in their minds." 

Finishing his address to this Irish 
secret society, he closed with these 
words : 

"This is almost a speech, so I will 
end it. I am verv much oblis^ed to vou 
for listening to me. I thank you for 
inviting me, and I advise you above all, 
if I may advise you, to stick close to- 
gether. You are 225,000 men in Amer- 
ica, and that is really a nation, and 
that is a remarkable nation, because it 
is a nation of successful men, picked 
men, and you are successful men, and 
you possess enough power in that to do 
almost anything. The thing is to stick 
and for the next five or ten years to 
keep up your protest. You set a good 
example for the rest of the world, and 
you keep alive the real Irish nationalitv, 
which is Irish thought and patriotism 
and character." (Applause.) 

At this point, we remind the reader 



May, 191L 

that Arthur Brisbane is the leading edi- 
torial writer of a newspaper called Tlie 
A 111 erica Ji. 


Secret societies existed in China cen- 
ttn-ies before the first grand lodge of Ma- 
sons was formed in England, or the still 
older Jesuit order was organized. One 
of the first Chinese orders w-as the Ver- 
milion Eyebrows, the members of which, 
in order to scare their enemies, actually 
painted their eyebrow^s before going into 
battle. The Iron Heads, the Brass 
Shins, and others followed, until at 
length, though still hundreds of years 
ago, the Triad, or Society of Heaven 
and Earth, began its murderous career. 
About that time warlike monastic Chi- 
nese had saved the empire by defeating 
a hostile army, but their prow^ess having 
caused jealousy, the emperor was per- 
suaded to destroy them. Trapped in 
their fortress by night, they fought des- 
perately until all but five were slain. 
These five survivors founded the order 
of the Triad. 

Their Heaven and Earth society has 
since then attacked government officials, 
murdered officers wdio killed any one 
connected with the Triad, fought gov- 
ernment troops, and headed every Chi- 
nese revolution. So obnoxious to the 
government is this rebellious order, that 
any man found in China with a ticket of 
the society in his possession is forthwith 

The Triad has extended its power into 
other parts of the world wherever China- 
men have gone. Secret societies in the 
E^nited States having Chinese lodges or 
Tongs, send thousands of dollars every 
year to China for the support of the 
Heaven and Earth society. Branches of 
the Triad itself are in all American cities 
having Chinese settlements. For ex- 
ample, much more than half the Chinese 
in Los Angeles belong to the Triad. All 
of them could be sent suddenly to join 
revolutionary forces in China and fight 
for the overthrow of the present dynasty. 
Their society is said to have been origi- 
nally formed for the purpose of support- 
ing the old dynasty of Chinese emperors : 
it is said to have for its present object 

the overthrow of tlie rulers of the dynas- 
t}^ bearing rule. 

One member of this secret society is 
Leon Ling, suspected of the murder of 
Elsie Sigel. The Triad will protect him^ 
and probably no other Tong w^ould dare, 
if it wished, to fail to share in his pro- 
tection. It is probable that he belongs to 
some other order, if not more than one^ 
and he may be a Royal Arch Mason, un- 
der its shield for crime — murder not ex- 
cepted. To give information leading to- 
the arrest of ihis famous, or infamous, 
member of the Triad fraternity, or to fail' 
to assist him in trouble, would be to in- 
cur an almost Masonic penalty : both ears 
would be cut ofif, and one hundred and 
eighty blows would be laid on the bare 
back. In America members of the Triads 
though well known, can still live ; in 
China as soon as discovered they must 
die. Here they can be Highbinders or 
Masons, they can join any sort of Tong; 
there they are sent at once to keep only 
the secrets of the dead. 


"The eyes of the profane are upon us 
all as Masons, and they are particularly 
focused upon those who are in atithor- 
ity. It becometh us, therefore, to walk 
worthy of the vocation wherewith we 
are called, for 'By their fruits ye shall 
know them.' It is not all of Masonry 
to wear a Masonic pin nor to know cer- 
tain letters better than the Ten Com- 

The Fraternal Record, which prints 
these words from a P. G. M., adds the 
following from another Mason : "My 
brethren, let us not forget that Masonry 
is founded on principles that have stood 
the test of time. It stands to-day the 
peer of any order or institution, and its 
future is firmly established as the Rock 
of Ages." 

The peer of any instittition is the peer 
of each among all institutions — at least 
the peer of the best. Masonry is the peer 
of the family; Masonry is the peer of the' 
school ; Masonry is the peer of the Sun- 
day-school ; Masonry is the peer of the 
Christian church. 

Rock of Ages is the name given ta 

May, 1911. 



Christ in one of the best known hymns. 
Another hymn sings : ''The church's 
one foundation is Jesus Christ the 
Lord." The future of Masonry is ''as 
firmly estabhshed" as Jesus Christ. The 
peer of the church, with its future as 
firmly established as Jesus Christ, is Ma- 
sonry. What madness seems sometimes 
to smite the sun-worshipino- mind ! 

Another writer is allowed by the Rec- 
ord to represent "the work of Masonry" 
in a way that is no doubt charming to 
the Masonic ear, as a work "the full ac- 
complishment of which we are promised 
in that Celestial Lodge where the Su- 
preme Architect of the universe pre- 
sides." This should be encouraging to a 
Chinese Buddhist, or a Turkish Moham- 
medan fresh from Armenian massacres, 
or to a Parsee or a Hindoo Mason. 

From the same journal we learn that 
ninety years "have passed since Wiley, 
Welch, Duncan, Rushworth and Cheat- 
ham, the original quorum, humbly, yet 
in faith, planted the seeds of Friendship, 
Love and Truth on the American con- 
tinent." The exact ninety year date was 
April 26, 1909, hence the planting re- 
ferred to took place in the spring of 
1819. We had the impression that 
friendship had not continued to be un- 
known from the time of settlement 
through the Colonial and Revolutionary 
periods. Ten years before this seed-time, 
Washington died ; five years later than 
this alleged planting of Friendship, La- 
fayette revisited America. We have had 
the idea that when he came to the rest- 
ing place at Mount Vernon he was re- 
garded as a friend visiting the grave of 
one who was his friend until death. If 
there was friendship between these two 
it showed itself at least fifteen years be- 
fore this visit to the tomb. 

A little further along we read : "We 
turn to our own country for a conspic- 
uous example of friendship. Washing- 
ton and Lafayette were united in a com- 
mon cause, and history records that they 
had a strong attachment for each other. 
Friendly ties bound these great soldiers 
and statesmen." 

Did not John Alden love Priscilla in 
Plymouth times, almost two centuries 
before this alleged planting of the seeds 

of love in America? Or if a different 
type of love is demanded, is any type 
wanting from the record of the colonies, 
the Revolution, and the first score of 
years under constitutional American gov- 
ernment? As to truth, were its seeds 
planted two hundred 3^ears after surviv- 
ing Pilgrims planted the hill beside Ply- 
mouth rock to conceal the graves of mar- 
tyrs to the truth ? Something better than 
boasted Oddfellowship came far earlier 
and is still here. 

The Fraternal Record rather wisely 
says: "When you put a pistol in your 
pocket you have it there for a purpose. 
You may salve your own conscience by 
saying that you have it there to defend 
your own life, but the truth is that you 
have it there to take a life if you become 
offended, and in your heart of hearts you 
think that the provision of the Constitu- 
tion of the United States permitting the 
bearing of arms justifies you in what 
you are doing," 

But the Record fails to proceed and 
show how the same principle applies to 
murderous, and otherwise immoral lodge 
oaths. The Record thus advises : 

"Don't stand on the corner of the 
street and growl about what they are do- 
ing at the lodge. Go up and 'kick.' No 
one may pay any attention to you, but it 
won't hurt the lodge, and the exercise 
may do you good. The 'kicking' at long 
range has a tendency to dislocate the 
joints, because it misses the mark so 
often. Close range 'kicking' always does 
the kicker good, and he is the brother 
who needs it most." 

That is what we keep doing. 

We also find this in the Record : "The 
Master has a right to be firm in his de- 
cisions, but he has no right to forget the 
humble origin from which he was called, 
and which its proximity to the northeast 
of the lodge should ever remind him. By 
slow degrees he has reversed the position 
in which he then stood, but in this 
triumph he should exhibit self-abnega- 
tion. He is now a ruler, he was then 
but a servant, but his rule should be as 
gentle as his obedience was then sin- 

And this in the New Testament, "No 
man can serve two masters." 



May, 1911. 


In the department for Preachers Ex- 
changing \'iews,, a correspondent of the 
Hoinilctic Rci'lczv who asked in Septem- 
ber what reason can be given for asking 
Masons to lay church corner-stones con- 
demned the custom as unfit and offensive. 
John Erler rephed in December, and to 
the complaint that when a corner-stone 
was laid for a church some profane and 
godless ]\Iason often read the prayer, 
replied that Masonry never admitted a 
godless ^Nlason often read the prayer, 
arise from using the word in two senses. 
The objector could mean ungodly — god- 
less in the sense of being without God ; 
the defender could Masonically mean an 
Atheist. To him no other would be god- 
less. Universal Masonry must accept 
men of all beliefs — Christian, Moham- 
medan, or Pagan. No one is Masonical- 
ly godless until he burns his last idol. 
There is no Masonic reason why a Pagan 
could not read the prayer at a church 
corner-stone laying. Though Mr. Erler 
indicates truly that no extreme Atheist 
can be a Mason, he does not squarely 
meet and fully remove the objections 
made in September. If the corner-stones 
of Christian churches are often laid with 
prayer formally read by profane and un- 
godly men, complaint is merited. 

While attempting to defend the cus- 
tom, Mr. Erler adds the claim that the 
Bible is the only text-book of Masonry. 
Yet the authoritative text-book of Ma- 
sonic jurisprudence would have taught 
him that the Bible need not be on ev- 
ery Masonic altar. The New Testament 
need not be on a Jewish altar, and the 
proper book for a Mohammedan lodge is 
the Koran. Chinese Pagans often be- 
come Masons, while Masonic lodges are 
numerous in India'. Can Mr. Erler im- 
agine that Masonic Buddhists are Bible 
students? Even an American lodge is 
no Sunday-school room, and any one 
can become a full-fledged Mason without 
reading one page of the Bible. 

The text-book already cited says : 
"The precepts of Jesus could not have 
been made obligatory upon a Jew," and 
declares that "The Mohammedan must 
have rejected the law of Moses." 

In like manner another Masonic text- 
book, "Chase's Digest of Masonic Law," 
says : "The Jews, the Chinese, the Turks, 
each reject either the New Testament or 
the Old or both, and yet we see no good 
reason why they should not be made Ma- 

To claim a book which multitudes of 
iMasons never study or even read, and 
which multitudes more of Masons point- 
edly reject, as the sole text-book, is to 
ignore such books, for example, as Mack- 
ey's Text-Book and his Monitor, Webb's 
Monitor, Chase's Digest, Anderson's 
Constitutions, Sickles' Ahiman Rezon or 
Ereemason's Guide. Only these need be 
mentioned to disprove that a largely ne- 
glected or repudiated book is the only 
one that Masons study. Erom the class 
of works to which these belong Masons 
can learn matters pertaining to Masonic 
ritual, doctrine, and conduct, but neither 
Masons nor any one else could acquire 
them from the Bible. The ritual is not 
in the Bible ; the doctrine is not in agree- 
ment with the Bible, and the moral teach- 
ings do not coincide with Biblical mor- 
als. It would be an erratic Mason who 
made the Bible his only text-book. He 
w^ould verify that high Masonic dictum, 
"The fact is that Masonry has nothing 
whatever to do with the Bible; it is. not 
founded on the Bible ; if it were found- 
ed on the Bible it would not be Masonry; 
it would be something else." 


The Enterprise, published in Arkan- 
sas, is said to be a Masonic paper edited 
by negroes. 

As printed, the names of the ''pub- 
lishers and editors" are M. A. Clark and 
J. M. Murchison. One of them has 
contributed this signed letter to the 
paper : 

Marianna, Ark., Aug. 21, 1907- 

This is to certify that I am wholly 
and solely responsible for all ads that 
appear in the columns of The Enter- 

May, 1911. 



prise- That is part of my work as 
business manager. I have the business 
side of the Enterprise excKisively in 
hand, and the editor hasn't any right 
to set aside any business contract which 
has for its object the financial strength- 
ening of the company's project. As 
business manager and full partner of 
The Enterprise, I reserve the right to 
advertise any lawfully authorized com- 
modity of our town. The company 
has protested against whisky ads es- 
pecially, but I have not yet conceded 
to their wishes. The fact that the 
editor is a minister and despises the 
drug as the devil does holy water, I 
have some regret that it becomes 
necessary for us to continue such ads, 
but would have it understood that I 
have no respect for a certain class of 
men who speak deridingly of news- 
papers that carry whisky ads when, at 
the same time, they are continuously 
under the influence of whisky- 

M. A. Clark, 
Managing Editor. 

The same issue contains a long article 
on ''The Masonic Order," in which it 
is said that ''The mother of all Masonic 
lodges of the three craft degrees was 
the Premier Grand Lodge of England, 
organized in 1717." 

This refers to the first Masonic 
Grand Lodge ever formed in the world. 
At that time, we are not sure that more 
than one degree was known, or that it 
was identical with any now existing. 
No doubt there were three degrees not 
many years afterward, possibly within 
ten. The year is correctly given, and 
we will add that the exact date was the 
17th of June. The place was a London 

The article claims, with truth, that 
"there are many Free Masons in India, 
citing, also, by name, one who is a 
Parsee. It avers that "Masons may be 
Jews, Moslems, or Christians," and that 
"the order merely teaches the larger 
doctrines of all religions." 

"The Knights Templars are the dis- 
play feature of the order, and their 
drills at triennial encampments are im- 
mensely popular as spectacles. The 
Ancient Order of Nobles of the Mystic 

Shrine is not a regular Masonic body, 
but only thirty-second degree masons 
are eligible for membership." (Knights 
Templar are also eligible. ) "The order 
of the Eastern Star is an auxiliary body, 
composed of wives, daughters, sisters, 
and widows of masons. . . . Unlike 
most fraternal orders, the masons have 
no insurance feature" 

When speaking of the Anti-masonic 
political party of about 1830, he men- 
tions that Thurlow Weed was quoted 
as saying of the body that was found, 
that it was a good enough Morgan 
until after election, but the writer fails 
to explain that the quotation was gar- 
bled, and that what Mr. AA^eed said was 
"a good enough Morgan for us until 
you bring back the one you carried 
off." The writer also asserts that 
"masonry has long ceased to afTect or 
be affected by politics." Such an asser- 
tion needs either support, or qualifica- 
tion, or retraction. 


The Boston Herald reported that 
there was "a clash of the Owls at the 
State House. James A. Watson, of 
Roxbury, and Thomas J. Coffey, of 
East Boston, mixed it up. Just how 
it happened, is a matter about which 
there is little agreement. The New 
England order of Owls, of which Mr. 
Coffey is a member, was having a hear- 
ing before the legislative committee on 
insurance, the state insurance depart- 
ment having taken exceptions to the 
Owls doing business here without au- 
thority. Therefore the Owls sought 
to incorporate under the Massachusetts 
laws. Mr. Watson, who is a member 
of the independent order of the Moose, 
appeared. Watson says that Coflfey 
called him names. Watson resented 
this with a blow. A second afterward 
Coffey had Watson by the neck, and 
a dexterous twist landed Watson on 
the concrete floor. The battle con- 
tinued from the fifth floor of the State 
House to the Hooker statue in the 
yard. The Moose representative went 
one way, and the Owl another." 

W. B. Stoddard sagely observed that 
"Just why a man calling himself a 



May, 1911. 

]Moose should object to another's caUing- 
him names is not apparent." ^Moose 
are h.orned cattle any way and given 
to hght'ng, bnt \\hat scn-t of insurance 
the Owls may have hatched we do 
not know. The whole flock of night 
birds must be blinking- Owls, so far 
as knowledge of the necessary prin- 
ciples and conditions of insurance is 
concerned ; and one should be blind in 
daylight, to risk anything in such or- 
ders without the most searching in- 
vestigation of plans, since it is a kind 
of insurance that without chart or com- 
pass has commonly sailed in the fog 
toward wreck. \\'e fear that, like otlier 
flitting flocks, trying to hide from the 
inexorable laws of mathematics, these 
Owls will find themselves lost in the 
woods. It may be that the Massa- 
chusetts commissioners and the Fra- 
ternal Congress wnll, between them, 
cage these particular financial birds, 
and compel them to hang on a reason- 
ablv safe perch until their patrons get 
tired of what, even yet, is liable to 
be unsatisfactory insiu-ance. Yet if 
the Owls have the wisdom of Miner- 
va's bird, they may surprise us all and 
really insure their patrons. More ihan 
a fight, how'Cver, appears to be risked. 


Wq have feared that Brown Uni- 
versity influence was too much thrown 
into the wrong side of the scale, but 
we are noAv encouraged by news relat- 
ing to an investigation conducted in 
that ancient yet progressive institution. 
It appears that Dean Meiklejohn has 
reduced the question to arithmetical 
terms, and ascertained the definite 
answer. As might hav,e been expected, 
the results obtained at Brown and 
those already discovered elsewhere are 
practically identical. Scholarship 

being the subject of inquiry, it is 
known there that the standard of fra- 
ternity scholarship and that of non- 
fraternitv scholarship do not '-orr^- 
spond. The difference appears favor- 
ably in the higher standard maintained 
by students not connected with Greek 
letter societies. Above a lower average 
standard, members of secret societies 
do not succeed in rising. Scholarship 

is evidently put at a disadvantage. The 
prospects of a student loaded with this 
clog are less encouraging. 

This cannot be set aside as the prej- 
udiced opinion of an instructor speak- 
ing for himself; it is the niecessary re- 
sult derived from a study of class 
records in the form of regular scholar- 
ship markings made without reference 
to this question, and made by no less 
competent an examiner than the Dean 
of a great University. It is a statistical 
sttidy ascertaining facts by means of 
figures recorded for a different purpose. 
Moreover, the results are in distinct ac- 
cord with those already known as ob- 
tained in the same dispassionate and 
mathematical way elsewhere. Morals 
are not now the only consideration. 
Vice and virtue are not solely under 
present inquiry. Scholarship has been 
called to the bar, and the verdict is 
known. If to a lower standard of 
morals must be added a lowier standard 
of scholarship, the matter is for one 
more imperative reason, not to be left 
to students, and alumni, and faculties. 
It is to be canvassed beforehand in the 
home of the prospective freshman be- 
fore he leaves that home to enter col- 
lege. Parents have primary and para- 
mount rights in their own sons. 

In answer to a request in the April 
Cynosure, Rev. J. S. Baxter, 1306 W. 
2y^ street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 
writes that he will attend a convention in 
Kansas, if oue is held, and give one or 
more addresses as may be desired. Our 
friends in Kansas will please make a 
minute of this. 

We shall do so much in the years to come, 

But what have we done to-day? 
Wc shall give out gold in a princely sum, 

But what did we give to-day? 
We shall lift the heart and dry the tear, 
We shall plant a hope in place of fear, 
We shall speak with words of love and 
But what have we done to-day? 

— Nixon Waterman. 

The greatest grief may be buried 
under a big dinner. The greatest joy 
or the greatest possibility of mind or 
soul may suffer a like fate. 

May, 1911. 




REV. E. 9^, GOODWIN, 2), T>. 

Late Pastor First Congre- 
gational Church, Chicago 

Why, the very claims that put Masonry back into antiquity, if they arc to be granted, would 
only prove it heathenish. 

A. J. GORDON, D. D. 

Late Pastor Clarendon Street 
Baptist Church, Boston 

The heart cannot be halved; and he who attempts to love the church of God with one 
hemisphere of his heart, and the secret society with the other, will speedily find that he is very 
much more of a lodgeman than a churchman. 


Late Editor of 
The Free Methodist 

For us to keep silent respecting Masonry, and thus tacitly 
endorse the idea that a man can both accept Christ and deny 
Him — that is, be a good Mason and a good Christian at the 
same time — would be treason to Christ. 



From an address deli'v- 
ered in Boston in J889 

The multitude of secret societies is something wonderful. 
It would be easier to take the census of the frogs in Egypt, 
or the lice on the persons of Pharaoh's people. 

They tell us to spare this or that secret order, but it will 
not do. They are all organized on a false basis of morality, and our eye must not spare, any 
more than did Samuel when he slew Agag. 


Vice-President S%edish 
Lutheran Augustana Synod 

From personal observation, as well as from authors on the secret lodge system, I have more 
and more come to the conclusion that the principles underlying the secret orders, and operating 
therein, are radically different from the principles laid down in the Word of God, and governing 
true Christianity. Faith, hope and charity in the secret societies are not the true Christian faith, 
hope and charity. 


'Pastor Baptist 
Church, Boston 

Secret political organizations are utterly foreign to the 
genius of our free American institutions. Whatever plea 
may be made for their necessity under despotic governments, 
where free speech is throttled and death is the penalty of 
attempting reform, surely there can be no excuse for such 
secret oath-bound cabals in a republic like ours, where the 
people are the sovereigns and every man has absolute liberty 
of political action. * * * 

Wc are often told in vaunting speech of the illustrious 
names that have given their sanction to secret societies. 
No matter for that — the name of Jesus is above every name, 
and His name is recorded in reprobation of them 

s>3. r. ;; henson 



May, 1911. 



T*3.stor, E'vangelisi and 
a renouncing Mason 

" How can we fail to pronounce Freemasonry an antichrisdan institution ? Its morality is 
unchristian. Its oath-bound secrecy is unchristian. The administration and taking of its oaths 
are unchristian, and a violation of a positive command of Christ. Masonic oaths pledge its mem- 
bers to commit most unlawful and unchristian deeds ; to conceal each other's crimes 5 to deliver 
each other from difficulty whether right or wrong ; to unduly favor Masonry in political actions and 

in business transactions; its members are sworn to retaliate, 
and persecute unto death the violators of Masonic obliga- 
tions. ^ ^' "^" Its oaths are profane, the taking of the 
name of God in vain. The penalties of these oaths are 
barbarous, and even savage. Its teachings are false and 
profane. Its design is partial and selfish. Its ceremonies 
are a mixture of puerility and profanity. Its religion is 
deistic. It is a false religion, and professes to save men upon 
other conditions than those revealed in the Gospel of Christ. 
It is a virtual conspiracy against both church and state. 
Those who adhere intelligently and determinedly to such an 
institution have no right to be in the Christian church. 
* -jf if jf Freemasonry is a sin, a sham, an abomination, 
as I know it to be, and as you also know, then there is but 
one way open to us, or to any honest man who knows what 
Freemasonry is, and that way is to bear a most decided and 
persistent testimony against it, cost what it may. If any 
man will withhold his testimony against so great a wrong 
to save his infiuence he will sooner or later lose it." 






L_ ■ 




9?£K m. L. HANEY 

Pastor of M. E* Church, E<van- 
getist and a seceder from Masonry 

"I have seen the church prayer-meeting nearly desolate in 
every part of the country, because many of its members had 
their hearts divided with the lodge. I have demonstrated, in 
thirty years of evangelism, that it is well-nigh impossible to 
have a wide, deep, thorough revival of religion in any com.- 
munity, town, or city which has been honey-combed by the 
influences of the lodge. In my seventy-ninth year, and before 
I depart to God, I felt I must leave the above testimony." 



Founder of the Pacific Garden 
Mission and a renouncing Mason 

"I have been a member of several secret societies. I was a 32° Mason in Chicago 
before the fire; I also belonged to the Blue Lodge and other intervening orders. In all those that 
I belonged to, the association was with the men of the world, without respect to their religion, 
whether they had any or had none at all. Such men as atheists, infidels, Mohammedans, Catho- 
lics and Protestants can all unite together in these secret associations on an equality, in a bond 
which they call the 'bond of brotherhood. ' 

May, 1911. 





Ame rtca n Si a tes - 
and Jurist 



the formation of all such obligations, should be 
20, 1835. 


' ' I have no hesitation in saying that how- 
ever unobjectionable may have been the 
original objects of the institution, or however 
pure may be the motives and purposes of the 
individual members, and notwithstanding 
th« many great and good men who have 
from time to time belonged to the order, 
yet, nevertheless, it is an institution which 
in my judgment is essentially wrong in the 
principle of its formation j that from its very 
nature it is liable to great abuses ; that among 
the obligations which are found to be im- 
posed on its members, there are such as are 
entirely incompatible with the duty of good 
citizens 5 and that all secret asiociationSy the 
members of which take upon themselves 
extraordinary obligations to one another, and 
are bound together by secret oaths, are nat- 
urally sources of jealousy and just alarm to 
others^ are especially unfavorable to harmony 
and mutual confidence among men living 
together under popular institutions, and are 
dangerous to the general cause of civil liberty 
and good government. Under the influence 
of this conviction it is my opinion that the 
future administration of all such oaths, and 
prohibited by law." — Letter dated Boston, November 

**A11 secret, oathbound political parties 
how patriotic the motives and principles which 


Eminent American States- 
man, Senator and Orator 

*'I find two powers here in Washington 
in harmony, and both are antagonistical to 
our free institutions, and tend to centraliza- 
tion and anarchy — Freemasonry and Slavery, 
and they must both be destroyed if our 
country is to be the home of the free, as our 
ancestors designed it.'' — Letter to Samuel 
D. Greene, Chelsea, Mass. 


"Every man who takes a Masonic oath 
forbids himself from divulging any criminal 
act, unless it might be murder or treason 
that may be communicated to him under the 
seal of fraternal bond, even though such 
concealment were to prove a burden upon 
his conscience and a violation of his bounden 
duty to society and to his God. 

"A more perfect agent for the devising 
and execution of conspiracies against Church 
and State could scarcely have been con- 

are dangerous to any nation, no matter how pure or 
first bring them together." — In his autobiography. 

., ^^ 




May, 1911. 

|l(iU0 of §\it Woxk 

We have been privileged to see a let- 
ter written by Prof. H. R. Smith of 
Houghton Seminar}^, New York, which 
has interested us very much. The letter 
refers to a movement originating in the 
Seminary, but the effort extends beyond 
the school, and centers around the Wes- 
leyan JNIethodist denomination. The mov- 
ers in this effort realize the compromis- 
ing- tendency of all the reform churches 
and the remedy for it. Prof. Smith 
writes : "It has been in my mind for a 
long time that denominational schools 

ought to play a more definite part than 
they do, in the training of young people 
for aggressive reform service. If re- 
form churches are to live, they must pro- 
claim their reforms. They cannot do this 
successfully unless their schools co-op- 
erate in the work." 

God bless the "Christian Association" 
of Houghton Seminary. 


Boston, Mass., April 17th, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

Never was the N. C. A. work needed 
more than now. A paper condemning 
the Catholic Church in its rejection of 
the Bible was applauded by a gathering 
of Pastors here this morning. A part of 
them would not have complimented a pa- 
per showing lodge folly and sin. It has 
been my privilege to participate in meet- 
ings in the First Covenanter and First 
United Presbyterian Churches of this 
city. A Presbytery meeting gave op- 
portunity to speak to some unacquainted 
with the N. C. A. work. There is a no- 
ticeable tendency to let down and give 
way to lodges in some quarters among 
those who recognize the evil. There are, 
however, those contending for the right, 
and some new ones joining our ranks. 
Surely there is no reason for discourage- 
ment, but every reason to press forward 
with renewed faith in God. One week 
from to-night there is to be a public 
meeting in the First Covenanter Church ; 
addresses by Dr. Atchison, pastor of the 
Eighth Street Covenanter Church, Pitts- 

burg, Pa., and Amos R. Wells, of the En- 
deavor movement. The addresses will be 
directed especially in opposition to the 
school fraternities. 

Some days spent at Worcester, Massa- 
chusetts, discovered new friends and cen- 
ters for work. What is known as the 
Pauline Mission has been recently 
opened by our good friend J. P. 
Grosvenor. I gladly responded to an in- 
vitation to address the friends in this 
mission, being assured there was no pad- 
lock to be put on the expressions of any 
needed truth there. Some members of 
the I. O. O. F. lodge had renounced their 
lodge allegiance and come out on the 
side of Christ. An organization of our 
Free Methodist brethren has been ef- 
fected in Worcester. A desire for our 
aid in their anti-lodge efforts was ex- 
pressed. There was a call for literature 
and a lecture. Several Swedish pastors 
expressed sympathy with our efforts, but 
did not find themselves in a position to 
give much anti-lodge light, or invite oth- 
ers to do' so. My work was centered in 
Pennsylvania, in towns north of Phila- 
delphia, for more than a week. The Al- 
lentown, Pa., Cynosure list was consid- 
erably enlarged. There was an open door 
for addresses in the Mennonite churches 
of AUentown and Zionsville. Brother 
Preheim,who ministers to this people, has 
attended our meetings in Chicago when 
training in the Moody school. He backed 
my effort with a strong endorsement. An 
extensive but inaccurate account of my 
address was published in the AUentown 

1 found New York City alive as ever. 
In the days of work there I came in touch 
with many people, and believe our cause 
was strengthened. Stephen Merritt is 
alive and at work. He is still with the 
great undertaking establishment bearing 
his name. He had been nearly blind, but 
is praising God for the partial recovery 
of -sight. It is his hope to again read 
the Cynosure. The copies are carefully 
preserved as they come. He reported 
wonderful blessings and help in his mis- 
sion work among the "bums," as they 
are known. Recently receiving Masonic 
grips in his audience from those ad- 
vanced in Masonry, he went to the plat- 
form and warned against trying to live 
sober Christian lives while in connection 

May, 1911. 



with the lodge. As he had been Master 
of the largest Masonic lodge in the State, 
he could of course, "speak as one having 
authority." Lodges make outcasts, but 
do' not lift the fallen. I visited several 
city missions. A brother at the old John 
Street Mission was giving a series of 
excellent addresses to the business men 
at noon, on the life and work of John 
the Baptist. He dwelt upon his fearless, 
straightforward utterances and the un- 
popularity of his message. He deplored 
the tendency to cut out and omit needed 
truth, to please an unregenerate audience. 
Reference to many sins not commonly re- 
buked was made, but the lodge was not 
of this number. It is to be hoped that 
he was not afraid of the opinion of his 
audience. As a reader of the Cynosure, 
he knows the lodge evil. If any one 
thinks it is easy to bear testimony against 
the lodge while addressing a popular au- 
dience, let him take up this cross and try 
it ! Brethren and friends, let us "earnest- 
ly contend for the faith," and when enu- 
merating evils of our day, don't let us 
overlook pne of the greatest. 

God willing, ere this reaches the 
Cynosure family, I shall be at work with 
you at the Center. May God bless this 
year's Annual Meeting at Wheaton, Illi- 
nois, and make it a power for good. 

W. B. Stoddard. 


Elkhart, Ind., April ist, 191 1. 
Wm. I. Phillips, Chicago, 111. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

Because of many duties since my re- 
turn home I have been delayed in com- 
plying with your request in giving a re- 
port of my work during the past winter 
in the interests of anti-secrecy. In the 
first place permit me tO' say that my du- 
ties through the year have JDeen primarily 
along evangelistic lines and Bible lec- 
tures. However, as opportunities pre- 
sented themselves, I did deliver a num- 
ber of anti-secret lectures. My work for 
the past year was through parts of In- 
diana, Michigan, Ontario, Ohio and 
Pennsylvania. In many places the lodge 
seemed to have quite a strong hold, but 
in every place the lectures were well at- 
tended and due respect was given by the 

Facts are stubborn things, yet most 
convenient things. I have found in my 
earlier experience with the lodge ques- 
tion that the presentation of the facts 
concerning secrecy is sufficient for any 
or most fair-minded men. Men of rea- 
son and of any degree of moral character 
or self-respect are able themselves to 
decide as to the propriety or impropriety 
of the secret work and conduct of the 
modern lodge. I have often found that 
the revelation of the secret work of the 
lodge is sufficient to offset the intentions 
of a fair-minded man in his contempla- 
tion of joining the lodge. My efforts 
have been largely along lines of informa- 
tion and instruction having in view the 
object of prevention. I am convinced 
that what the coming generation of 
young men and women need is informa- 
tion concerning the works of darkness, 
and our victory will be largely won. 
Lodge men themselves have admitted 
this statement to be true. In fact, an 
editor of a newspaper (himself being 
a leading man in the I. O. O. F.) con- 
fessed through his paper, while comment- 
ing on one of my lectures, that the ele- 
ment of secrecy in the lodge serA^ed as 
one of the greatest agents in gaining re- 
cruits. A number of cases have come 
under my observation, both through per- 
sonal interviews and lectures, in which 
men who were contemplating the act of 
joining, or had already joined the lodge, 
gave up such intentions or were con- 
verted and gave up their order. 

For myself as an evangelist and pas- 
tor, I am thoroughly convinced, and am 
teaching on every proper occasion, that 
modern secrecy is anti-Christian ; that it 
robs the church of men and money ; that 
it hinders very materially every Chris- 
tian professor (who is a lodge member) 
in his or her duties and relations to the 
church ; that it hinders in the first place 
many men and women in becoming 
Christians ; that the result of secrecy is 
that of deceiving men rather than en- 
lightening them, and that it leads men 
away from God rather than to Him ; and 
finally, that there is not one legitimate 
or righteous reason for the existence of a 
secret order anywhere on the face of the 
earth. J. E. Hartzler, 

President, Indiana Christian Assn. 



May, 191L 


Shreveport, La., April 13th, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

Since my last letter I have not been 
very well, bnt I am still on the firing' line. 
Some of the subjects of the Secret Em- 
pire are growing" desperate because 
the CvxosuRE is continually throwing 
out the calcium light of truth upon their 
unfruitful works of darkness, and re- 
proving' their evil deeds of sworn se- 

A very prominent grand officer leader 
a few days ago^ accosted me here and 
with some excitement and indignation 
said : "Sir, I think you ought tO' preach 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and let secret 
societies alone. Secret societies are do- 
ing' Christian work. We are sending our 
checks .every week for from $100 to $200 
to the poor. If that ain't Christian work, 
I don't know what Christian work is. I 
think if you preach the gospel you will 
have 3'our hands full. There is not an- 
other minister in this state who is identi- 
fied with the Christian Cynosure, and 
who would dare to write for such a dirty 
paper, but you. I think you ought to 
keep in touch with the other city preach- 
ers and sa}^ nothing against secret socie- 
ties. A'^ou are going to hurt yourself and 
church by fighting secret societies. The 
President of the United States is a secret 
order man, and all of the best people in 
America are secret order people. All of 
the leading men and women of your 
church are secret order people, and it re- 
flects on them for you to be associated 
with such men as are connected with that 
dirty Cynosure. I am a Christian, and 
I know there is nothing in secret societies 
that prevents me being a Christian : if it 
did I would leave the lodge at once." 

This poor man is a preacher; he is 
held in very high esteem, and I really be- 
lieve he is a good man, honest and sin- 
cere, but he has simply gone wild after 
the idols of secrecy, and has not per- 
mitted Christ to reign supreme in his 
heart. I assured him that I was not 
ignorant as to how lodge men will blind- 
fold folks and lead them captive by the 
penalties prescribed. 

We will be having secret society anni- 
versaries in different churches every 
Sunday now until November. The senti- 
ment expressed by this supposed preach- 

er of righteousness, shows convincingly 
how the lodges are victimizing their sub- 
jects and leading them on and on into sin 
and folly. 

I assured him that to preach the gospel 
meant to reprove sin whether in church,, 
lodge or private individual, and if I 
could not preach the g'ospel of separation 
from sin in Shreveport, I could preach it, 
and would preach it elsewhere. I told 
him: "1 am a man, and I decline to be 
forced or whipped into line b}^ the lodge 
people." I will not yield my private 
judgment to any man or set of men, even 
thoug'h they be supreme lodge digni- 

May God bless the faithful who are 
standing on 2 Cor. 6:14-18, and enable 
them to be faithful, and to pray most 
earnestly for the deliverance of the faith- 
ful few. I am still laboring, preaching 
and enduring hardness. I don't know 
what the lodgeites may resort to^ here to 
silence my tongue, but I shall continue to 
work while it is yet day. 

Yours in the Lord, 

J. F. Davidson. 


The above is the caption of W. L. 
Brown's letter in the April number of 
the Cynosure. 

I have had similar experiences to his. 

I could not get right with God while re- 

in such a church. I took the 
Masonic oaths and read them to the 
lodge members, and tried as best I could 
to show them how opposed such oaths 
were to the spirit of Christianity ; that a 
man that was governed and ruled by such 
oaths could not be governed and ruled 
by the Holy Spirit, but he would be a 
child of the Devil. I tried to show them 
the inconsistency of trying to live the 
Christ-life and the Masonic-life. Their 
oaths made men Masons, but the Holy 
Ghost made men Christians, and so 
Christ-like, and it was an impossibility 
for them to be both. 

Now the church is the body of Christ. 
In the 1 2th chapter of ist Corinthians 
the church is set forth and described as 
the mystical body of Christ. Woyld any- 
one dare to say that the horrible oaths of 
Masonry had any place in Christ's mys- 
tical body — the Church? 

I was the means of many giving up 

May, 1911. 



their lodge, and I wanted the church to 
vote it out of its fellowship ; but this they 
would not do, so the time came when I 
had to leave them, that I might be right 
with God. I could not endorse, protect, 
uphold and defend the receiving into fel- 
lowship in the church members of this 
vile, sacrilegious, blasphemous and idol- 
atrous ''masterpiece of Satan" for the 
leading of immortal souls into hell. 
Hence I asked for and received a letter 
of dismission from them and joined the 
Holiness Baptist Church, the members 
of which have no desire to belong to any 
such ungodly order of the World. In 
this church we all see alike, because the 
Spirit leads. Any organization calling it- 
self a church and harboring persons pos- 
sessed of the spirit of the devil, is not 
a church, but a synagogue of Satan. 

' A. J. Millard. 
Little Rock, Ark. 


Dermott, Ark., April nth, 191 1. 
Mr. Wm. I. Phillips. 

Dear Sir ! I was at Portland last month 
visiting a woman's meeting. Where I was 
entertained I asked that night, ''Are all 
of your family Christians?" The mother 
said, "My boy and I are Christians, and 
my little girl is a sinner." She did not 
say whether her husband was a Chris- 
tian or not. 

I read Psalms 85 :8 : "I will hear what 
God the Lord will speak, for he will speak 
peace unto his people, and to his saints ; 
but let them not turn again to folly." I 
said "Let us examine ourselves and see if 
we have turned again to folly." I looked 
to hear her husband say a word, but he 
was silent. I wondered what was the 
matter with him. I talked about back- 
sliding. I said, "I believe if we are lost 
after being converted, it is because we 
back our way into hell." jer. 3:12: "Say, 
Return, thou backsliding Israel." I said : 
"Now, that verse shows that we have 
been with the Lord, but somehow we have 
gotten away from him by crawfishing, 
going backward to hell. Some back off 
into the saloon ; some into the lodge." 
When I named the lodge, the old man 
straightened up and said, "Is the lodge 
wrong?" I said, "Yes, it is wrong." He 
said, "I don't think so, because I belong 
to the best lodge in the world 1' It is 

more like the church than any of the se- 
cret fraternities." I said, "What lodge 
do you belong to?" "I am a Mason." I 
said, "Brother, your lodge is like Jero- 
boam the son of Nebat, who caused 
Israel to sin, because all of the other 
lodges came out of yours, and they have 
caused the people to forsake the church 
of God." "Do you belong to the church?" 
He said, "I used to belong to the church, 
but they had some kind of a charge 
against me, and wanted me to answer to 
the charge, and I never did go to see what 
the charge was." "How long have you 
been out of the church?" He said, "Six- 
teen years." 

His wife and son were so- glad that I 
spoke about the lodges, for that was the 
very reason he quit the church, his wife 
said. He was a good Christian, and is 
a good husband and father, but he has 
given up the church for the lodge. She 
said, "He tells me, My lodge came from 
the Bible, and is as good as the church." 

He did not say any more about the 
lodge that night, but next morning he 
asked me to tell him how the lodges were 
wrong. I said, "Do you feel as safe in 
the Masonic lodge as you did in church, 
when you think about where you are go- 
ing to spend eternity?" "That is the very 
thing that is troubling me," he said, with 
a trembling voice. "May be you can help 
me right now, because I don't feel safe, 
and yet the preacher says it is all right, 
all based on the Bible. I love the lodge, 
but I am not satisfied about my soul." 

I then told him how wicked all the 
lodges were, and how they had taken 
God's people away from the church. I 
told him so many of his secrets that he 
was afraid for me. He said, "I am glad 
you came. You have helped me more 
than the preachers." I said, "Don't talk 
about the preacher. You will have to go 
back in fellowship with God. and when 
you go, the preacher will be the ver}^ one 
to welcome you back again into the fold 
of God." 

He says, "Well, I see my wrongs this 
morning as I never have before, and I 
am going back to the church. Will you 
pray for me? I have started to go back 
a good many times, but when I see how 
wrong the preacher is, I get weak." I 
said to him. "The preacher that is in the 
lodge is just as blind as you are ; he is to 



May, 1911. 

be pitied, for he does not know that the 
lodges are wrong', any more than yon 
did; he has lost his spiritual strength, 
just as you have, and he don't know the 
cause. The devil has him in a trap. When 
the devil caught him, then he caught 
you, and most of the flock, and all iike 
sheep have gone astray' and broken out 
of the fold of God, each wandering a 
dift'erent way, but all the downward 

He used to be a deacon in the church, 
now he is a senior deacon in the lodge. 
He said. "Sister, here is fifty cents; send 
me one of the old Baptist Hymn Books. 
I am going back to Jesus, back to the 
church and fill my place as a child of 
God. I said, "Will yoii give up the 
lodge?" He said, 'T think I will — just 
give me time. I feel a peace this morn- 
ing in my soul that I have never felt in 
all these years before, because I have 
made up my mind to go back to the 
church." I caught his hand in mine and 
asked my heavenly Father to give him 
the moral courage to go back to the 
church, and to gO' to work for the Mas- 
ter, and leave that old serpent church 
called the Lodge. 

"I am so afraid some of the lods^e men 
will kill you, just as sure as some of them 
know for certain that you are exposing 
their secrets ! They will kill you." I said, 
*'A\^ell, I will die for the truth, for there 
are so many in the dark as you were be- 
fore I made it plain to you, and some- 
body has got to cry against this great 

His wife said, ''We cannot give you 
up, don't say any more about them. I 
am afraid for you, and yet I know that is 
the thing that has caused my husband 
to backslide. I said, "Well, you pray for 
me that I may have more boldness to 
stand up for Jesus." 

Lizzie Woods. 


In a letter under date of April 12th 
John L. Marshall, Jr., Pastor, says ; "The 
legislature of Nebraska has adjourned 
and the bill making it unlawful to pub- 
lish the secret work of fraternal socie- 
ties was not passed. Thank God ! He 

heard prayer in the matter. 

"The bill did not pass either house. On 

March 31st it was considered in the 
Committee of the Whole in the Senate 
and indefinitely postponed. In the House 
of Representatives it was placed on Gen- 
eral File, and on April 6th all bills in the 
House on General File were postponed. 
"I doubt not that God used the opposi- 
tion to the bill, which came from vari- 
ous directions, tO' keep the bill from get- 
ting any farther than it did." 

Wiseman, Ark., April 12th, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure ; 

The Masons and Odd Fellows are 
holding their own pretty well here. But 
I know of several men who have left the 
lodges in this part of the country. My 
brother is one. He was an Odd Fellow, 
but has quit the lodge, and freely admits 
the exposition you publish is true ; and he 
did the first time he saw it. 

I've been preaching against the lodges 
for the past three years, and I never 
heard of your publications until about a 
year ago. I expect tO' sell all the books 
and tracts I can. 

Yours for the truth, 

^ - D. H. Boles. 


Coblenz, Sask., April 14th, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips ; 

I am still pegging away endeavoring 
to arouse the English, German, Nor- 
wegian and French speaking Canadians 
on the lodge question. Quite recently I 
received an encouraging letter from a 
French Canadian brother in Montreal, a 
D. D., who says, among other things ; "I 
am in full sympathy with the principles 
enunciated by Dr. Torrey on Freemason- 
ry. I have never been able to compre- 
hend how Christians, still less pastors, 
could conscientiously participate in these 
organizations." Most of the Norwegians 
are Lutherans and opposed to the lodges. 
Since coming to Saskatchewan I have 
spent considerable time among the Nor- 
wegians, and I am now able to corre- 
spond with them in their own language. 

Your Prayer Circle is a good sugges- 
tion. In order to cope efifectually with 
the powers of darkness, we must retain 
connection with the great Source of light 
and of power. — Moses H. Clemens. 


King's Battle Prayer 

^ Jehovaht there is none 
besides Thee to help be- 
tween the mighty and 
him that hath no 
strength: help us, O Jeho- 
vah our God; for we rely 
on Thee, and in Thy 
name are we come against 
this multittide* O Jeho- 
vah, Thoa art oar God; 
let not man prevail 
against Thee^ 

—2 Chron. 14:11 (R. V,) 


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We met in Wheaton College chapel on 
Wednesday evening for prayer and 
testimony, and the time was fully and 
profitably occupied. We were favored 
in having as the leader, Rev. D. S. War- 
ner of the Free Methodist Publishing- 
House, whO' gave as the ke3^-note of the 
session "Separation." There were more 
prayers than testimonies, which was an 
omen of good for the coming conference. 
The remarks of J. Alex. Mackenzie on 
the Labor Union movement made a 
strong impression. To state his three 
fundamental criticisms of the unions 
without his amplification is weakening, 
but the best that we can do is to mention 
the three points. First. The restricted 
output, which forbids the best workmen 
to dO' more than the poorest. Second. 
The level wage that pays the infcrior 
workman the highest price. Third. The 

closed shop, which means starvation or 
murder for those who from conscience 
or other reasons cannot join the union. 
The Board of Directors met on Thurs- 
day morning preceding the meeting o+ 
the corporate bodv, and held their final 
session for the year. It was impossible 
for the corporate body to finish its work, 
and, hence, the business encroached a 
little on the afternoon meeting. AA'e pub- 
lish some of the reports in this number. 
W^e wish that all might ha\'e Ijcen jires- 
ent with us. It was g'ood to greet ?\[rs. 
Emma Wdfitham of Pontiac, Illinois, at 
the convention for the third )ear in suc- 
cession. AA^c expected, of course, to see 
Mrs. X. F. Kellogg', wlio for -o manv 
years has rendered faithful service as 
recordino" secretarv. Init ^\■e are al\v<ivs 
in danger of forgetting these faithful 
ones whose (piiet and unrequited service 



June, 1911. 

refreshes and blesses like the dew from 
heaven. Mr. J. AI. Hitchcock has served 
the association for nearly a quarter of 
a century in an official capacit}' and per- 
haps is as well known to our readers as 
any other member who has not been met 
by them personally. Notwithstanding;- 
the frail condition of his health, he glad- 
dened everyone by his presence and by 
his contributions to the convention. There 
was much sorrow and sympathy felt at 
the breakdown which has come to our 
brother Ezra A. Cook, and we feel sure 
that all will unite in prayer for his re- 
covery. ]\Iany have expressed their in- 
terest in his reminiscences which have 
appeared in the last three numbers of the 
Cynosure, and another of which will ap- 
pear in this number. There has been no 
conflict between righteousness and un- 
righteousness during his life that he has 
not been actively engaged on the side of 
his Lord and Master. 

It was a beautiful sight to see so many 
of our Mennonite friends present, both 
men and women, and to hear from 
Brethren Rutt, Leaman, Wiens, Hartz- 
ler, and others. It is the first time that 
we have met and heard in our confer- 
ence the Rev. B. L. Olmstead of the 
Free Methodist Church, and Rev. Mar- 
tin Doerman of the Lutheran Church, 
but we hope to see them often hereafter. 
It was a very thoughtful and fit thing for 
the students of the North Park College 
of the Swedish Friends Covenant Mis- 
sion denomination to send a delegate and 
representative to our annual meeting 
with their greetings, which were ably 
and very pleasantly given by their Mr. 
P. W. Rood. The response was given 
by Rev. E. B. Stewart of the United 
Presbvterian Church. 

The crowning treat of the convention 
was the address by Mr. E. Y. Woolley on 
''A Many Sided Experience." Mr. 
Woolley has a very pleasing and efifective 
delivery, and made a strong impression. 
We were thankful to see so many young 
men and women in the audience. 

There were many interesting letters re- 
ceived and read so far as time would 
permit, extracts from which we hope to 
print in a future number of the Cyno- 
sure, as well as to give our readers the 
benefit of the very able address of Rev. 
J. E. Hartzler of Elkhart, Indiana. 



For the Year 1910-1911. 

It would be difficult, if not impossible, 
to cultivate and bring to fruition a single 
stalk of wheat all by itself. The buffet- 
ings of the winds, rains and hail would 
probably overpower it while standing as 
a unit. 

The farmer has learned that this diffi- 
culty is overcome by multiplying" the unit 
blade a myriad fold, covering thousands 
of acres of the Dakotas' broad prairies. 
The magnitude of these boundless wheat 
fields seems to bid defiance to the storms. 

It was upon some such principle that 
the National Christian Association was 
organized forty years ago. 

The founders were neither weaklings 
nor cowards. Like the Pilgrim Fathers, 
they were men of conviction and daring ; 
yet individually and alone these stalwart 
reformers felt inadequate for the task of 
a formidable opposition to the rapidly 
growing secret organizations. Such were 
the conditions that inspired the federa- 
tion of anti-secret forces known as the 
National Christian Association. 

For some reason the fathers thought 
wise to make Chicago the storm center of 
this reform, and the Constitution pro- 
vides for the annual election of eleven 
Directors, whose business is to care for 
and advance the interests of this Associa- 
tion. No provision was made for remun- 
erating their services, nor has any been 

At our last Annual Meeting, held in 
the Moody Church, Chicago, Thursday 
and Friday, April 7th and 8th, 1910, the 
following named were duly elected a 
Board of Directors : Pres. Charles A. 
Blanchard, Mr. E. A. Cook, Mr. George 
Windle, Mr. George W. Bond, Rev. C. 
J. Haan, Rev. E. B. Stewart, Rev. J. T. 
Logan and Mr. J. M. Hitchcock. These 
eight Directors were empowered to fill 
the three remaining vacancies. 

Giving an account of our stewardship 
is the object of this report. 

It is altogether proper that we rever- 
ently pause for a brief moment before 
proceeding further with this review, to 
recognize God's hand in His providential 
dealings with this Board. 

It is not the first, second or even third 
time that death has. uninvited, invaded 

June, 1911. 


our circle. In this instance it has been 
our beloved brother, Prof. H. F. Kletz- 
ing, who was removed from us with only 
a few hours' warning. He had served 
upon this Board intermittently for many 
years, and had endeared himself to us all 
by his affable, intelligent, industrious de- 
votion to the cause. In our finiteness we 
would have done differently, but we rev- 
erently bow to the behests of One who 
doeth all things w^ell. 

A few years since, almost as suddenly 
and with as few premonitions of dissolu- 
tion, our brother, C. J. Holmes, then 
President of our Board, was taken from 
our midst. 

While yet writing this report, as late 
as May 9th, 191 1, the news reaches us 
that our beloved L. N. Stratton has just 
fallen asleep. Brother Stratton had for 
many years shared the labors of this 
Board, and was always found to be a 
wise and safe counselor. His age, ex- 
perience and methods placed him as a 
sort of connecting link between the old 
and new g-eneration. We seem to hear 
the plaudit, "Well done, good and faith- 
ful servant ; thou hast been faithful over 
a few things, I will make thee ruler over 
many things ; enter thou intO' the joy of 
thy Lord.'' 

Some years previous to this event the 
Rev. Edgar B. Wylie, yet in the zenith 
of his powers, who had for years so 
faithfully and efficientl)' served as Sec- 
retary of this Board, was called to his 

It is within the easy recall of those on 
this Board that Mr. Henry L. Kellogg, 
whose trenchant pen in an earlier day 
contributed so largely to the literature 
of this Association, with little warning 
w^as removed from his sphere of useful- 

Fresh in our memories, with the af- 
flictive wound still agape, is the depar- 
ture only last year of our dearly beloved 
Samuel H. Swartz, who, despite the op- 
position of his owni ministerial l^rethren, 
stood as a formidable 1)rcastwork against 
the inroads of secrcc)- upon his denomi- 

Such a mortuary record should stimu- 
late us who survive to more energetic 

It is the least we may do, and yet pos- 

sibly all WT can do, to make honorable 
and affectionate mention of our past as- 
sociates, and to assure their surviving* 
friends that tlieir meuK^ries are }'et cher- 
ished. These were worthv sons of noble 
sires. They all fell while active in the 
harness, with breasts hard pressed to the 

Within the memory of us \\ho tarry 
for a day. have fallen the fathcr> of this 
lAssociation — men whose shoe latchets 
we would have been scarce worthy to un- 
loose. These have died unfaltering in 
the faith of the righteousness of a cause 
which they, one after another, have trans- 
mitted to a younger generation. Who, 
without a trembling sense of responsi- 
bility, dares presume to don the toga of 
a Jonathan Blanchard, a Philo Carpen- 
ter, a Chas. G. Finney, an H. H. Hinman, 
a James P. Stoddard, a Rathburn, Ro- 
nayne or Barlow ? Who can contemplate 
the condition without devoutly praying, 
"O Lord, raise up, in a single day, giants 
to fill these vacancies" ? 

The first Board meeting for the year 
was held April 26th, 1910. in a commit- 
tee room of the First National Bank 
Building, Chicago. Secretary Phillips 
announced the names of the recently 
elected Directors, and prayer was offered 
by Mr. George W. Bond. 

A temporary organization was eft'ected 
by the election of Mr. George W. Bond 
as Chairman, and J. M. Hitchcock, Sec- 

At this first meeting Prof. H. F. Kletz- 
ing and ]\Ir. Joseph Amick were elected 
to the Board of Directors to fill two of 
the three vacancies. 

The following committees were elect- 
ed : Publication : Rev. J. T. Logan, ]\Ir. 
E. A. Cook and Mr. Joseph Amick. Fi- 
nance : Prof. H. F. Kletzing, ]\Ir. George 
W. Bond and Rev. E. B. Stewart. Build- 
ing's : Mr. W. I. Phillips. 'Mr. George 
Windle. Rev. C. J. Haan. Field and 
W^ork: Pres. C. A.' I'.lanchard, :^Ir. J. M. 
Hitchcock and Mr. W. I. Phillips. " Au- 
diting. The Finance Committee, with 
the addition of :\[r. J. P. Shaw. 

The services of Secretary and Treas- 
urer W. I. Phillii^-^, also the Eastern 
Secretary and Lecturer. Rev. A\'. B. 
Stoddard, were by vote continued on 
same terms as in former years. .V copy 



June, 1911. 

oi tlie contract with each may be found 
on page ^y oi the Secretary's book. 

The services oi the Rev. C. G. Sterling 
were continued with the understanding 
that his salary and the direction of his 
labor be left with the Committee on Field 
and Work. Satisfactory arrangements 
Avere also niade with the Rev. F. J. Da- 
vidson for work in the South. 

The temporar}- organization of the 
Board was made permanent, and the 
Rev. C. T. Haan was elected Mce-Chair- 
man . 

At the Board meeting June 9th, 19 10, 
Mr. Phillips was elected to fill the only 
A'acancy on the Board of Directors. 

The Committee on the Annual Meet- 
ing, which had served the Board so- faith- 
fully for 1910, was elected on August 
29th to serve in like capacity for 191 1. 

At the same session. August 29th, the 
Chairman and Secretary of the Board 
vcere authorized and instructed to pre- 
pare suitable resolutions on the life and 
services of the late Rev. H. H. Hinman 
and Prof. H. F. Kletzing ; and it was 
directed that these be published in the 
Cynosure, and that copies be sent to 
surviving friends. 

At our meeting on Saturday, Decem- 
ber 24th. Rev. A. B. Rutt, wdio so fitting- 
ly represents our Alennonite brethren, 
was unanimously elected to fill the va- 
cancy in the Board occasioned by the 
death of Prof. H. F. Kletzing. 

At this session of the Board it was re- 
ported that the services of Rev. C. G. 
Sterling had been discontinued with the 
most cordial and amicable relations be- 
tween himself and the Association. 

The Committee on Annual Meeting re- 
ported correspondence with Rev. Chaides 
M. Sheldon. D. D.. of Topeka, Kansas, 
and Rev. Dr. J. ]\L Haldeman, of New 
York City, with a view of securing their 
services for the Annual Meeting. These 
men were found to be in hearty sympathy 
with the objects of our Association, but 
could not be present at our Annual Meet- 

The oft'er to this Association by 
Mrs. Louisa R. Coryell of a lot near 
Mackinac Island, Michigan, for a sum- 
mer home for X. C. A. w^orkers, was ac- 
cepted with thanks. 

A copy of a letter to the Rev. J. W. 

Cha])man was read, also with his reply, 
showing that he has no afiiliation with 
any secret society, yet declines to public- 
ly antagonize theni. 

In most beautiful contrast with Dr. 
Chapman's letter upon secret orders was 
an unusually strong letter, a few weeks 
later, by the Rev. R. A. Torrey, entitled 
''Why I Have Not Joined the Masonic 
Fraternity." Dr. Torrey enumerates five 
reasons for giving Masonry a wide berth, 
any one of which should be sufficient to 
keep any obedient child of God as dis- 
tant as possible from all secret orders. 
This letter of Dr. Torrey's, in addition 
to being- published in the Cynosure, has 
been multiplied by the thousands, and 
sown beside many waters, through the 
eft'orts of Secretary Phillips. These let- 
ters from Drs. Chapman and Torrey 
were secured by the National Christian 
Association, and serve to illustrate a fea- 
ture of the Association's w^ork. After 
the Association had given this corre- 
spondence to the public, many church pa- 
pers and a few other publications made 
good use of it, and in this way Dr. Tor- 
rey 's letter has been published in various 

Several of otn' prominent evangelists 
have during the year been emboldened 
to testify against the evils of secrecy. 
Possibly men in responsible public posi- 
tions are entitled to more sympathy for 
apparent cowardice than we are ready to 
give them. The midnight-train passen- 
gers, reniote from civilization, may not 
necessarily be cowards for obeying the 
command "Hands up" when confronting 
a band of conscienceless highw^ay . rob- 
bers with flashing daggers and cocked re- 
volvers. "Discretion is" often "the better 
part of valor." 

It is not more certain that this Associ- 
ation is opposed to the principles of Se- 
cret Societies than that they are relent- 
lessly opposed to us. Even our courts 
and juries are often so prejudiced against 
this Association that we find it difficult 
to secure our most primar}^ and funda- 
mental rights. Instruments conveying 
property of our friends to this Associa- 
tion are misinterpreted, are tested in the 
courts, and tricks and chicanery are re- 
sorted to in order to defeat justice. 

We have just now been obliged to 
compromise a case which has been in the 

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courts a dozen years, and all because of 
a demoniacal hatred of this Association. 
Men who covet darkness become insensi- 
ble to light and to righteousness. 

As has ever been the case, our princi- 
pal means for enlightening the public 
upon the subject of secrecy are the 

Platform and the Press. 

If it were possible to multi])ly the 
Stoddards and Sterlings tenfold, so as 
to cover ever}- niche and corner of our 
land with intelligent lectures, as Mr. 
Stoddard has covered some portions of 
Pennsylvania and other States, it would 
seem that some damaging inroads would 
then be made upon our enemies' fortifica- 
tions. But alas ! we lack the sinews of 
war. Mr. W. B. Stoddard, whose fre- 
quent reports arc found in the Cynosure, 
seems to possess a peculiar penchant for 
getting- into the churches and the homes 
and into the confidence and the pockets 
of the people. He is successful in se- 
curing many subscriptions to the Cyno- 
sure. The Rev. Mr. Sterling is a most 
pleasing, forceful, convincing lecturer, 
beloved by 'all, yet less successful in se- 
curing openings and the needed revenue. 
Our Southern agent, Rev. F. J. David- 
son, is doing a noble, creditable work, 
but limited for the lack of money. 

The Christian Cynosure, edited by 
Mr. Wm. I. Phillips, continues to be the 
authoritative mouthpiece of the Associa- 
tion, and is the only publication wholly 
given to the consideration of Secret So- 
cieties. There are many other periodicals 
thoroughly anti-secret in character, but 
Avhich, of course, can give but little space 
comparatively to the discussion of se- 
crecy. The Cynosure is expected to 
lead, while others follow. Realizing, as 
the editor does, his responsibility, he is 
always on the alert for the latest develop- 
ments pertaining to the secret kingdom. 
The lodges do not always sound a trum- 
pet when about to perpetrate an iniqui- 
tous act. In former years they have been 
content to come to our churches and 
schools and inveigle our young men into 
their lodges, where thev receive their first 
lessons in anarchy. Recently several of 
our States, through their legislatures, 
have prohibited the truth being told about 
lodges, that otu- young men ma^' not be 
ensnared bv them. Throuiih his constant 

vigilance, the editor of the Cynosure has 
been able in several instances to contrib- 
ute to the defeat of this diabolical at- 
tempt at legislation. 

One of the strong features of the Cy- 
nosure continues to be the monthly con- 
tribution of President Blanchc'ird's Let- 
ter. Giant-like in strength, it is always 
as fresh and fragrant as the June rose. 

Through the Publication Committee, a 
tract has been issued entitled "Washing- 
ton Dates," disproving and showing the 
absurdity of many statements regarding 
Washington as a j\Iason. 

The sixth edition of ''Modern Secret 
Societies," by President Blanchard, is 
now out. This volume has been given to 
every member of the graduating classes 
in the McCormick Theological Seminary, 
the Moody Bible Institute, the Chicago 
Theological Seminarv and the Evaneeli- 
cal Lutheran Theological Seminary. It 
is reported that the Church of the Breth- 
ren has given out 2,000 copies of this 
book to its ministers. 

There continues to be a demand for our 
literature, to supply the libraries in vari- 
ous schools of higher grade. Selected 
books from this lAssociation, as well as 
volumes of the Cynosure, may be found 
upon the shelves of the Congressional Li- 
brary at Washington, D. C, and in many 
of the libraries of our principal colleges. 

At the commencement of the Associa- 
tion year a booklet of sixty pages, enti- 
tled "Let There Be Light," was issued bv 
this Association. It embodies the testi- 
monies of the ]\Ioody Church Pulpit 
against Secret Societies, and is well cal- 
culated to strengthen the faith of the fal- 

More than of most organizations, it is 
expected that this Association will be 
uncompromising in principle. It is well 
for us to consider what was the primarv 
object of this Association. It is known 
that its founders stood four square upon 
all moral subjects, but their forces were 
not to be weakened in an efifort to correct 
every evil under the sun. All other re- 
forms were to be subordinate to a united 
eft'ort in opposing the encroachments oi 
Secret Societies. 

Of all the moral reforms, \\-c believe 
there is none that equals the anlisecret 
reform. It slioukl challenge the ettorts 



June, 1911. 

oi the brightest intehects. and is worthy 
of those of the devoutest Christian. We 
fear none of its has caught the broadness 
of God's vision for this work. We be- 
Heve He \\ould have us cast off our swad- 
dhng' bands and launch out into the deep. 


A few itenis not given in the Report 
of the Board of Directors may be of in- 
terest. The total number of copies issued 
of the Cyxosure has been 38.100. an av- 
erage of 3.175 copies per month, and the 
magazine may be said to have paid ex- 
penses. AMiat a valuable volume of lit- 
erature on the reform has been the vol- 
ume just closed! I do not wonder that 
the Librarian of the Congressional Li- 
brarv at Washington wrote asking for as 
manv back volumes as we could furnish, 
saving that they would be well bound and 
kept on file for reference in the Public 
Library of the nation. There has been a 
wide range of topics. Let me mention a 
few important ones. Among the perplex- 
ing questions that pastors have to deal 
with are the demands of lodge funerals. 
Some of you will remember, for example, 
the W'oodmen's attack upon Rev. George 
Alilton at Elgin, Illinois, because he in- 
sisted on following the widow's wishes in- 
stead of the Lodge's. The last volume 
of the Cyxosure treats quite fully of 
Lodp-e funerals, and various ministers 
give their experiences. A related subject, 
also treated, is that of Lodge Memorial 
Days in the Church, to the shame of the 
latter. Other articles are such as the 
Relation of the Christian to the Lodge, 
by Rev. Dr. J. AL Gray, of the Aloody 
Bible Institute ; How Can Man Be Justi- 
fied with God, or the Two Altars, by 
President Blanchard ; The Mission 
Church and Oddfellowship, by Rev. Dr. 
Wm. Dallman ; Shall We Advise Young 
yien to Join the Lodge? by Rev. Dr. H. 
H. George. To name only a few more 
I call your attention to : How to Use the 
Lodge Ritual : Families, Churches, Sen- 
ates and Juries^ — Are these Secret So- 
cieties ? The Benevolences of Lodges 
in Settling- a Preacher, in .Supporting a 
Teacher, in Prolonging War ; Lodges 
and the Law of the Land ; Enemies of the 
Republic ; Disloyal Secret Oaths ; The 

powerful petition of the Lutheran 
Church Against the "Ohio Bill." Al- 
though enough has been said, doubtless, 
about the Cynosure, yet, if time permit- 
ted, I would like to quote from letters 
received from fathers whose sons have 
been blessed, and from patriots and pas- 
tors who have been heartened and helped 
by it. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, our Eastern 
Secretary, will report to you in person. 
Perhaps sufficient has been said in the 
Report of the Board of Directors as to 
the work of Rev. C. G. Sterling and Rev. 

F. J. Davidson, but a word here about ^ 
several others who may be named volun- 
teer agents will not be amiss. President 
Blanchard has not only responded to 
calls for addresses, but has borne testi- 
mony where some would have faltered. 
We remember, for example, that in a let- 
ter from Rev. J. A. Alexander, United 
Presbyterian pastor, for whom Presi- 
dent Blanchard conducted special evan- 
gelistic services, he speaks with commen- 
dation of the words spoken from time 

to time on the Lodge during the revival 
effort. At the next communion, the 
church, as a result of the meetings, re- 
ceived nineteen, and more were coming. 
Such preaching is likely tO' give the best 
and most permanent results. 

The work of Mrs. Lizzie Woods, not- 
withstanding she has been attending 
school most of the year, has lost none of 
its interest or effectiveness. Her letters 
read like stories, and have been one of 
the marked features of the Cynosure. 

Few workers' reports have been as in- 
teresting as that of Rev. J. E. Hartzler, 
printed in this month's Cynosure. His 
method of work is especially to be com- 
mended. His itineracy extended through 
parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Penn- 
sylvania and Canada. 

Rev. G. L. Coffin heard of the N. C. A. 
work for the first time through an N. C. 
A. tract some eight years ago, and he 
has had few, if any, rivals in constant and 
faithful work with voice, tracts and 
books up and down the Pacific Coast. 

We shall take too much of your time 
if we write of the good seed sown by 
Evangelists F. M. Dalton, J. E. Wolfe, 

G. A.^egram. ]. R. Beveridge, A. J. Mil- 
lard, L. V. Harrell, J. S. Baxter, A. D. 
Cline, George O. Stales and others, who 

June, 1911. 



have reported to your Secretary from 
time to time. 

It ought to be mentioned, however, 
that Rev. John Nelson of Des Moines, 
Iowa, and Rev. B. E. Bergesen of Seat- 
tle, Washington, have done not only good 
field service, but hold themselves ready 
to respond to calls for addresses or lec- 
tures. This is also true of Mr. C. G. 
Fait of Ellendale, North Dakota, and of 
Rev. Moses H. Clemens of Coblenz, 
Sask., Canada. Mr. Clemens has begun 
a good work in his country in trying to 
bring the many friends of this cause in 
the Dominion into some sort of contact 
or united effort. The Board of Direct- 
ors offered them space in the Cynosure 
for a ■ Canadian Department, whenever 
they might be ready for it. 

In this connection it ought not to be 
forgotten that we receive every year a 
contribution from South America as a 
thank offering for the helo rendered by 
this Association through its literature to 
the native Presbyterian Church in Brazil. 

Not long since we received a letter 
from a worker in South Africa who se- 
cures his printed ammunition from our 
headquarters, telling of his work among 
ministers and others. Another has writ- 
ten from Africa, asking the privilege of 
translating President Finney's work on 
Masonry into Dutch for use in South Af- 

.^ Pastor J. C. Lawson of Allahabad, In- 
dia, wrote last fall thanking us for the 
Cynosure, and expressing how glad he 
was for such an association as the N. 
C. A. He says that it is easy to see 
the evil effects of Freemasonry in India. 
Hindoos and Mohammedans who are 
drawn into the fellowship of the Masonic 
Lodge cannot be expected, he declares, to 
ever become interested in Christianity. 
The common people of India, he say's, 
call the Masonic building Jadoogur : The 
Home of Sorcery. The Lodge here in 
Wheaton is planning the erection of a 

It is well to recall at such a time as 
this, when the Lodge is flourishing 'like 
a green bay tree." our thousands of 
friends and co-workers among the Lu- 
therans, Christian Reformed," IMennon- 
ites, Free Methodists, Wesleyans. and 
others. The Lodge may be stronger ap- 
parently than ever today, but we ought 

not to sit down under a juniper tree, 
but rather remember the thousands that 
have been helped and heartened by the 
N. C. A. Alany of them have borne wit- 
ness to the fact, and we ourselves are 
braced and encouraged in turn. Not a 
small blessing for which we give thanks 
to God today are the many church papers 
and magazines that have given such clear, 
ringing testimony the past year against 
lodgery ; and also for those who have 
written books and pamphlets and tracts 
which most of us never see, but which 
are doing their silent and mighty work 
for God. 

We are seeing again, in the Interna- 
tional Sunday School Lesson of today, 
the movement of the government of God 
in Palestine and among the nations, and 
we ought to be quickened by the fact 
that here in the United States and among 
the other nations of the earth ''He is 
just the same today," and that it is as 
impossible to thwart His purposes now 
as then. G. Campbell Morgan said in his 
comments on the Sunday School Lesson 
of April 1 6, which related the Queen's 
destruction of all the seed royal, as she 
thought : "Yet her fury was restrained 
by the august and awful government of 
God." And "A baby [the infant King 
Joash] and God were against all the 
forces of evil, and together moved for- 
ward tO' victory." 

"Blessed are they that keep His testi- 
That seek Him with the whole heart." 



Dear Friends of the Anti-Secrecy Cause, 
Greeting : 

It would be of little profit that I re- 
cite here a detailed account of my travels 
for the year past. The principal events 
have been chronicled in the Christian 
Cynosure from month to month. God 
has supplied health. The work has been 
pushed in the usual way, with good re- 
sults. Travels have extended as far west 
as Nebraska, and to the New England 
States in the East. 

It is always a delight to present the 
Gospel hope. I have ever sought to so 
In-ing the light that the deluded and be- 
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June, 1911. 

out, ami that those without may see their 

I ha\-e held hefore those to wheini I 
have been privileged to speak, the great 
fact, that we must not only believe in "a 
God." but in the deity of our Lord Jesus 
Christ and in His atonement if we are 
saved. The great battle that is in prog- 
ress on this earth is joined between the 
god of this W(Trld and the King of Glorv. 
It is the belief of many that Satan is mar- 
shaling his forces in the secret assembly 
formed and now forming ; that we are 
now on the very verge of tremendous 
upheavals in the moral and political 
world. To what purpose is this increase 
of anarchy and secret plotting? 

Why do millions, before hearing- the 
evidence, rise up to declare the innocence 
of men with whom they have no- personal 
acquaintance, accused of the most dia- 
bolical crimes that were ever perpetrat- 
ed? The National Christian Association 
believes it is informed as to the reason, 
and it is the duty of her agents to speak 
forth in trumpet tones, that men ma}^ be 
warned. During the year past we have 
seen the press reciting clay after day the 
details of lodge doings that chill the blood 
and stir the soul. The rumblings of 
these volcanoes of sin are heard every- 
where. A\Tiat eruptions shall belch forth 
upon us, God only knows. Shall we be 
silent or careless in such an hour as this? 
Surel}- the call to battle rings in our ears. 
Clad with the Gospel armor, following 
closely the Captain of our salvation, w^e 
haA'e found, and always will find victory. 

If the anarchists do ])lot, if the dyna- 
miters do destroy life and property, the 
detectives are on their track, and sooner 
or later their sin and folly will be made 

The doors opened for my messages of 
other years are largely open today. Here 
and there lodges have gotten control of 
churches formerly working with us, but 
if some few doors are closed, others 
open. I always have more invitations 
than I can reach. The lodges have grown 
to alarming proportions. The numbers of 
seceders have also increased. Some of 
the city churches opposing the lodges are 
stronger numerically than those making 
no protest. That they are stronger spir- 
itually goes without saying. I have trav- 
eled not less than 20.000 miles during the 

year. My expense In travel has been 
$505.42. Collections on the field, not in- 
cluding moneys received for the State 
conventions, have been $314.31 ; for sub- 
scriptions to the Cynosure, $887.25. 

All the State conventions have been 
unusually well attended. This is due, in 
part, no doubt, to the efforts made in 
their preparation, but especially to the 
fact that they were held in localities 
where our friends were not few, the Di- 
vine favor of course being our principal 

At West Liberty. Ohio, the preparation 
w^as not difficult to- make, our Mennonite 
friends opening their church and making 
us welcome at once. At Orange City, 
low^a, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 
there was not only the usual lodge oppo- 
sition, but the fears of many of the 
friends to overcome. In each Instance, 
however, the outcome was a splendid 
convention, as we believe, for the glory 
of God and the good of many souls. 

Contributions to the direct support of 
our Association, though not large, have 
been more than usual. This surely is a 
g'ood sign, and an occasion for thanks- 
giving to God. Larger contributions are 
under contemplation, which, I trust, may 
be reached during the coming year. 
There Is every reason to believe compe- 
tent men may be secured to aid in push- 
ing* the work if funds are provided for 
their support. The removal by death of 
some of our strong men has saddened 
our hearts and caused us to feel more 
than ever our dependence on Him whose 
we are and whom we serve. He wdio 
gave us our leaders in other years can 
bring forward those who shall serve the 
present day and generation. Let us never 
fail tO' keep our eyes upon Him. 


Every year our Association has been 
called to record the passing of some of 
its honored members to the better life. 
The past has been no exception. 

Rev. Henry L. Kletzing, of Naperville, 
Illinois, publisher of the Christian Wit- 
ness of Chicago, and for many years an 
honored director of the National Chris- 
tian Association, was called suddenly to 
his reward. Llis was a beautiful Chris- 
tian life, especially marked in his untir- 

June, 1911. 



ing labors in the advancement of Christ's 

Edmond Ronayne, late of Chicago, was 
a worker long to be remembered. His 
position as Past Master of Keystone 
Lodge of Masons gave him opportunity 
to study the system from the inside. His 
exposure of the sins and follies came at 
an opportune time for our Association. 
The books which he wrote have a wide 

Rev. R. J. George, D. D., of Allegheny, 
Pennsylvania, was a faithful advocate of 
the principles of our Association. As 
pastor and instructor in the theological 
seminary of the Covenanter church his 
opportunity for the dissemination of re- 
form truth was great. Through those 
receiving instruction at his hand multi- 
tudes will be influenced for the right. 

Rev. M. S. Steiner, of Columbus 
Grove, Ohio, was a man of sterling integ- 
rity, trusted and honored by those who 
knew him best. He was a great leader 
in a great church. He delighted to help 
our Association, and served us as State 
Secretary in Ohio one year. 

Samuel Berlin, of Tyrone, Pennsyl- 
vania, was a quiet, faithful friend : a man 
who loved God and eschewed evil. His 
love for the National Christian Associa- 
tion's work was manifest in the provision 
made for an annual gift in its support. 

Rev. J. A. Richards, of Fort Scott, 
Kansas, was a warrior of many conquests 
and victories, an able advocate of re- 
form, a faithful servant of Him who is 
"The Light of the World." 

Mrs. Sarah L. Johnson, of Morning 
Sun, Iowa, was for many years a school 
teacher, later the wife of an honored min- 
ister. She came in touch with many 
lives. Her testimony in opposition to the 
lodge was backed by a generous gift to 
our Association. 

Rev. Cyrus Smith, of Leon, Iowa, was 
a Radical United I^)rethren minister of 
faith and courage. Lie was truly a sol- 
dier of the Cross, as well as of the Civil 
War. In his long life he ministered 
to many people in many places. His con- 
tributions printed in the Cynosure will 
be remembered. 

Rev. N. L. Stratton, D. D., of ^^'heat(>n, 
Illinois, was closely identified with our 
work, and was for many years an officer 
in our Association. His will be remem- 

bered as a cheerful, kindly life. He did 
effective work as editor, educator, pastor 
and reformer. We miss his cordial greet- 
ing at our annual gathering. 

IT. IT. McMillan, of Cedarville, Ohio, 
was a man of great value in the com- 
munity where he lived and died. He was 
an Elder in the Reformed Presbyterian 
Church for over forty years. Ours was 
among the many good causes receiving 
his sympathy and support. 

Mr. N. Keyser, of Alameda, California, 
was very helpful in the circulation of our 
literature. He published many leaflets 
at his own expense. The number helped 
by his faithful labors may not be known 
to men, but will be counted in his re- 

Rev. Isaac Hyatt, of Poland, Xew 
York, was an honored minister of the 
Free Will Baptist Church, and seceding 
Mason. His was a life counting much 
in this reform and in the uplift of hu- 

Elder Samuel M. Good, of San Diego. 
California, was a secedini^ Mason of high 
degree, who spent much of his life in 
Des Moines, Iowa, where he had valua- 
ble property. After his conversion to 
Christ he bore faithful testimony against 
the evil character of the lodge, and was 
well known in the cities where he lived 
as an evangelist. 

Rev. Samuel F. Porter, of Oberlin. 
Ohio, lived nearly one hundred years. He 
was a graduate in theolog}' of the first 
class of Oberlin College under Presi- 
dent Finney. He served our Associa- 
ti(:>n in ivjtting libraries into man}' South- 
ern colleges, and he also contributed in 
sup])ort of the X. C. A. work as his 
mcan< permitted. 

Philip liacon, of \\"indst)r. wa> a faith- 
ful worker in the New England States. 
His anti-lodge principles were well 
known. He gladly took ui) the cross 
when it meant much of persecution to 
work for Christ in opposition to the pow- 
ers of darkness. 

Truly these are all blessed, and they 
rest from their labors, while their works 
do follow them. 


Whereas. In the good providence of 
( iod we are ])rought to another .Vnnual 
Meeting of (^ur Association, and 



June, 1911. 

AMiereas, The conflict in which we en- 
gag-e is not ours, but God's, therefore. 

Resolved, ist : That we praise Him for 
ah the godly men and women who have 
labored with us in other years and for 
all the work that has been accomplished 
in His name, and for His g-lory by our 

Resolved 2d : That it becomes us to- 
ever bear in mind we are a Christian As- 
sociation, and while we contend ag^ainst 
a foe that assails every high calling in 
life, its attack upon Christ and the Chris- 
tian Religion is our chief concern. The 
success of Christianity means the over- 
throw of every foe to humanity. 

Resolved 3d : That it is difficult to 
adequately measure the progress our As- 
sociation makes from year to year. The 
attitude taken by our National Educators 
reo-ardins: the school fraternities shows a 
general awakening among those who 
study cause and effect. The arrest and 
exposure of leaders of labor unions 
known to be murderous in character and 
teaching, who naturally seek the secrecy 
of the Lodge, give reason for encour- 
agement, while the multiplicity of lodges 
increased in membership, as also in folly 
and sin, reminds that human nature is 
still weak and more likety to run after a 
humbug than that which makes for their 
highest good. 

Resolved 4th : That we rejoice to note 
that the truly great evangelists and the 
spiritually strong among Christian work- 
ers are with us, and feeling the need of 
such information as God -is permitting 
us to put forth. 

Resolved 5th : That in the numerous 
bills introduced in the various State Leg- 
islatures during the year past we note 
the increasing fear that the so-called se- 
crets of the various lodges may lose their 
charm by being commonly known, and 
therefore unappreciated. As a rule the 
Lodge robs its members by giving little 
in return for what it asks. The public 
exposure of its so-called secrets natu- 
rallv shows this fact, and makes mem- 
bership undesirable. 

Resolved 6th. That the increase of the 
Lodges, calling themselves Elks, Owls, 
Moose and the like, with their buffets, 
gives just cause for alarm to those en- 
listed in the Temperance Cause. We 
believe sobriety and clean living find no 

greater foe than in the character and 
working of these lodges. 

Resolved 7th : That we pray God for 
more men and money to push our work. 
Our ranks are depleted, but He who has 
given can give. We believe a strong, ag- 
gressive campaign against the secret 
lodge system is for the glory of God 
and the good of humanity. 

W. B. Stoddard. ^' ■' 

(Mrs.) Amanda Leaman. 

Geo. Windle. ... 

Rov D. Becker. 

(Mrs.) W. S. Orvis. ;■ 

Life without a plan, 
As useless as the moment it began, 
Serves merely as a soil for discontent 
To thrive in. 

— Cowper. 

There are w^ays in which even silent 
people can belong to God and be a 
blessing in the world. A star does not 
talk, but its calm, steady beam shines 
down continually out of the sky, and is 
a benediction to many. Be like a star 
in your peaceful shining, and many will 
thank God for your life. — /. R. Miller,, 


He joined the Elks and Eagles, he joined 
the K. of P.'s, he blowed in all he had to pay 
initiation fees. He borrowed money from, 
his friends and put them on the bum to take 
out life insurance in El Kafoozelum. He was 
a Modern Woodman and he headed the pa- 
rade, an axe upon his shoulder that had a 
wooden blade ; his wife at home was wrestling 
with a gnarly knot, to try to split a splinter off 
to keep the cook stove hot. He went into the 
.Workmen, but had no love for work, a kind 
of lodge bacillus in his system seemed to lurk, 
and when he went up town to buy potatoes, 
meat or tea, he was very apt to spend the 
cash in taking a degree. One night the lodge 
combined and gave a banquet rare, and you 
bet your bottom dollar the "jiner" he was 
there. He ate some cheese and pickles and a 
plate of oysters fried, then took a first-class 
founder and went straight home and died. 
Now when the fact was proven by the sad and 
weeping wife, she was handed twenty thou- 
sand insurance on his life. She said, "I see 
that everything has come my way at last," and 
she got another husband before the year had 
passed. — Franklin Repository. 

H life were but a plaything this might 

do — ^at least for the wife; but life is a 

serious matter, and yet how many like 

the poor fool here portrayed are trifling 

with it. 

June, 1911. 




Rev. Lemuel N. Stratton, a well- 
known clergyman of the Congregational 
denomination, died of pneumonia, May 
9, 191 1, at the home of his daughter at 
22 East ii6th St., Chicago. He was yy 
years old, and was born in Bureau Coun- 
ty, Illinois. 

Dr. Stratton was graduated from 
Wheaton College in 1860, and was one of 
the oldest, if not the oldest, living alum- 
nus of the college. He had been for 
30 years one of its trustees. The Rev. 
l)r. Stratton was editor of the Wesleyan 
Methodist and other ])ublications of that 
denomination at Syracuse, New York, 
for some twelve years. Later he was 
President of the Wesleyan Theological 
Seminary, and he held various pastorates 
in and about Chicago until his retirement 
a few years ago. He was widely known 
in religious and educational circles. 

He was one of the most active friends 
of the National Christian Association at 
the time of its organization and did much 
valuable work in the State of New York. 
He was for a number of years a mem- 
ber of the Board of Directors of our As- 
sociation, and always maintained a lively 
interest in its work. 

He is survived by a widow and two 
sons and two daughters. His eldest son. 
Mr. Owen Stratton, did missionary serv- 
ice in China for several years, and died 
there very suddenly a year or two since. 

The funeral was held at Wheaton in 
the College church on Thursday after- 
noon. President Blanchard. Rev. J. C. 
Armstrong, D. D., Prof. George H. 
Smith and Rev. J- G. Brooks spoke words 
of appreciation of one who had credit- 
ably performed the work of a minister. 
educator, editor and reformer. 



June, 1911. 

ClJe 3^otoer of t|)e Secret Cmpire 

obh Wi3!5 <K, ©♦ Brno, 



The Mystery of Iniquity. 

Rachel finished shelling her pan of 
beans and carried them into^ the kitchen. 
Then, in obedience to a certain thrifty 
custom nearly obsolete now but very 
common with industrious housewives of 
a former oreneration who did not choose 
to allow Satan even so small a vantage 
ground as a few idle moments between 
sundown and dark, she took out a half- 
finished sock on which her needles flew 
brisklv until she had knit about six times 
around, when her inward musings took 
shape in this terse sentence : 

'■'I don't see into it." 

"Don't see into what, mother?" I 
asked. For we had now reached that 
comfortable stage in our matrimonial 
journev when to address each other by 
the parental title seems the most natu- 
ral thing in the world. 

"How Anson Love joy can be a Mason. 
Xow I really like the man, and always 
have liked him from the very first. But 
when I find that he can take part in such 
ridiculous, blasphemous folly, and be 
himself actually Master of a lodge, in- 
itiating others into it, I — well, really, I 
don't know what to think except that 
there is one more fool in the world than 
I had supposed." 

And Rachel knit vigorously several 
more rounds while I pondered the subject 
in silence. I, too, liked ,Anson Lovejoy 
in spite of the fact that he was not only 
a :\Iason, but held the office of Worship- 
ful Master of Fidelity Lodge, located in 
the flourishing village of Granby, Ohio; 
said lodge numbering among its members 
one or two ministers, a saloon keeper, one 
deacon, several notorious gamblers and a 
general sprinkling of the lowest char- 
acters in the place, all ''meeting on the 
level" in felicitous union and fellow- 

"Well, mother," I said, finally, ''a man 
isn't always a fool because he does fool- 
ish things. The fact is. I've had a little 

talk with him on the subject of Masonry, 
and I have come to the conclusion that 
it isn't the system as it really is that he 
admires, but an ideal existing only in 
his own imagination of something it 
might, could, would or should be if it 
was only properly understood, and more 
care exercised in admitting candidates ; 
such delightfully impossible conditions, 
in short, that I was strongly reminded of 
the old couplet : 

" 'If wishes were horses beggars would 
ride ; 
If 'twas a sword it would hang by vour 

"Now, father" — and Rachel laid down 
her knitting in her earnestness — "why 
don't you put it right to him about the 
oaths and obligations and ceremonies ? 
You have been through them yourself 
and know all about it, so you are just the 
one. What if this man's soul should be 
required at your hands?" 

"I did 'put it right to him.' I told him 
he had sworn to conceal the criminal 
acts of brother Masons, to warn them of 
approaching danger and help them out 
of all difficulties, no matter what wrong- 
doing might be the cause. But he had 
one answer for every objection, and that 
was that he did not so understand Ma- 
sonry, and only considered its obligations 
binding when they failed to conflict with 
any superior duty he owed to God or to 
Government. I asked him if that was 
the way he explained them to candi- 
dates. He assured me it was. I told 
him flat that such teaching of Masonic 
obligations was a mistake and a contra- 
diction ; that Masonry owns no law and 
no authority outside of or superior to 
herself; that when she ceases to be a 
complete despotism ; when she allows her 
members to put their own interpretation 
on the oaths and penalties ; above all, 
when she elevates the Bible from a mere 
piece of lodge furniture on a level with 
the square and compass, to be what the 
old Westminster divines called it, 'the 
only sufficient rule of faith and practice,' 

June, 1911. 



her power has fled. She simply cannot 
exist under such conditions." 

''And what did he say to that?" asked 

"Well, that fellow Jervish came in just 
then and broke up our talk. I suppose 
he thinks me a fool and a fanatic. I 
consider him an honest, well-meaninj;;' 
man, whose chief mistake is in thinking 
that he can do what the Scriptures de- 
clare impossible — 'Bring a clean thing out 
of an unclean.' " 

"Well, I don't understand it," repeated 
Rachel, decidedly. "There must be some- 
thins: wronsr somewhere when a man 
can't see the plain truth put right before 

For Rachel was like most practical, 
matter-of-fact people, not subject to 
glamours of any sort. When she saw 
a truth she saw it clearly — a sun- 
illumined mount of God piercing heaven 
unclouded by bewildering fogs and mists, 
and could not understand why any honest 
mind should fail to perceive it, too. But 
I knew better how men like Anson Love- 
joy can be made the apologists and de- 
fenders of a lie ; how they naturally seek, 
the first disappointment over, tO' reconcile 
the teachings of Masonry with their own 
standard of human dutv, and onlv sue- 
ceed by an ingenious system of interpre- 
tations that, carried into practical effect, 
would annul the whole thing. My grand- 
father so reasoned till the murder of 
Morgan opened his eyes. But a man like 
Anson Love joy, who belonged tO' a gen- 
eration that knew not Morgan — must an- 
other tragedy as fearful shock the public 
mind and rouse in even the dullest that 
indignation so terrible because it is a 
dim shadow of the divine wrath against 
evil-doers, before he could be made to 

This question I silently asked myself 
while Rachel rolled up her knitting and 
called to Grace, our youngest, to light a 

"Yes, mother," answered Grace, and 
rose promptly from her seat on the back 
steps, where she was giving his first les- 
son in astronomy to a favorite nephew 
named Joe, of whom I can only say that 
he had already begun to develop a talent 
for mischief that bade fair in time t(^ 
cast all the youthful exploits of the orig- 
inal Joe quite into the shade. At the 

same moment the gate swung open and 
admitted a female figure with a tin pail. 

"Mother, there is Mary Lyman come 
tO' borrow some yeast." 

"Well, Grace, you can get it for her." 
And Rachel drew up her chair within 
the circle of the light and took her sew- 
ing, while she invited the newcomer, \\ith 
a kindly smile, to sit down. 

She was a girl of not more than seven- 
teen — hardly that. Her large blue eyes, 
regular features and heavy braids of 
tawny gold hair made her face one of 
singular beauty. But there was a sad, 
depressed look about her mouth, and a 
lack of youthful elasticity in her na- 
tions that made her seem older than she 
really was. 

She took her pail of yeast and de- 
parted with a murmured word of thanks. 
Rachel sewed very fast for several min- 
utes till she snapped her thread. Then 
she broke out — 

"I say, it is a shame." 

"What now, mother?" 

"To keep that girl as they do. I 
know how it is just as well as if I saw 
it ; drudge, drudge from morning till 
night. Not a minute in the twenty- 
four hours she can call her own. No 
chance for improvement, but plenty of 
chances for everything else. It is too 
bad, poor, orphan child!" added Rachel, 
who had all the large-hearted instincts 
of true motherhood, and its capabilities 
of indignation also. 

"Weil, I know it is too bad; but she'll 
be free in a vear or so. That's one com- 

"I wish her time was out now,'' re- 
sponded Rachel. "Grace can't keep 
school and help me much. And I believe 
if I could have the training of ]Mar}- 
for a while I might make something out 
of her yet." 

"What! at eighteen?" I asked, with 
natural incredulity. 

"Y'^es, at eighteen," answered Rachel, 
biting her thread with an air of de- 
cision. "It is a mistake to think the die 
for good or evil must be cast at a partic- 
ular age. It all depends on circum- 
stances. Now, this girl makes me think 
of some tiger-lilies I remember grew be- 
hind the barn when I was a child. I 
don't know how they ever came there, 
in that sunless corner, but there thev 



June, 1911. 

were, growing- and blossoming- in about 
the same fashion that she is ripening- into 
womanhood. All she wants is a chance 
to develop herself. If I could give her 
that I should feel that I had done one 
good Avork in the world before I leave 
it.'' . 

''Why. mother: your life ha,s been 
nothing- but giving- and doing for forty 

''Well. I don't know about 4:hat, fa- 
ther," answered Rachel, with a little 
shake of her head. But I could see 
that her husband's praise was very sweet 
to her. nevertheless. 

The girl of whom we had been speak- 
ing was. as Rachel said, an orphan w^hom 
fate, personified by the selectmen of 
Granby. had delivered over to be the vic- 
tim of a species of white slavery in the 
family of a Air. Simon Peck. To scrub 
^floors, feed the hogs, fetch the water 
and lug a heavy baby about wdien there 
was nothing else for her to do, was the 
routine of her daily life, varied by such 
small tyrannies and exactions from the 
younger Pecks as the ingenuity of their 
own minds or the example of their elders 
might suggest. . 

It was not strange that all Rachel's 
w^omanly feelings had been roused in be- 
half of the girl. A natural refinement 
had kept her from assimilating- with her 
rough and coarse surroundings, and she 
was now growing up to a dower of sin- 
gular beauty. Who should say whether 
it would prove a blessing or a curse? 

Rachel sewed aw^ay in silence for a 
few moments, and when she again spoke 
it was to recur to our- former subject of 

"Well. I don't see. as I said before, 
how such men as Anson Love joy can de- 
fend Masonry, but I think I understand 
the reason why I don't understand it." 
"What do you mean, mother?" 
"Why. it is the 'mystery of iniquity.' 
We talk about 'the mystery of godliness' 
that cannot be known except by Chris- 
tians, but we forget there is something- 
corresponding to it on the other side. 
There are depths of Satanic craft, just 
as there are depths of Redeeming Wis- 
dom. We can't understand either. They 
are beyond us. It is the 'deceivableness 
of unrighteousness,' 'the strong delu- 

sion.' Mystery; that is just what it is — 
the mystery of iniquity." ■ , ' 

And Rachel resumed the w^ork which 
she had let fall in her earnestness, while 
I pondered over her words, and con- 
cluded that she was about right. 
(To be continued.) 

How and Why I Became Publisher of the 
Cynosure. \^ ^ 

• ■ BY EZRA A. COOK. -'V'f-- 

In the autumn of 1867 the Lord clear- 
ly and definitely called me to enter the 
stationery business at 88 La Salle street. 
Chicago, of w^hich fact I am glad to offer 
proof. The place was a stone front 
building- on the Court House square. 
Work for bankers was the principal spe- 
cialty, as I had just served a three- 
years apprenticeship in this line. A one- 
storv brick building in the rear was for 
my printing plant. Space was after- 
wards secured for lithographing on the 
third floor, as well as for the editorial 
room for the Christian Cynosure. 

Years before this, in answer to most 
blessed communion with Him on the 
subject, the Almighty and ever-blessed 
God my Savior had been pleased to en- 
ter into partnership with me for time and 
eternity ; nor was this partnership vague 
and indefinite. I was overwhelmed at 
His marvelous love in actually inviting 
me tO' be a co-laborer with Him ; and I, 
oh, so gladly ! promised that I would, 
by His grace, never forget His conde- 
scension in not only inviting this part- 
nership, but, amazing grace ! adopting 
me into His family, wdiere He might 
wdiisper His plans and purposes for and 
in me, and in the storms of life "hide 
me in His pavilion," "in the secret of 
His tabernacle." 

Oh, how sweet it was to have the Holy 
Spirit continually bringing to my mind 
the things of Christ — yes, showing them 
unto me ; and none were quite so pre- 
cious to me as those about the fellowship 
of His suffering, such as "If we suffer, 
we shall also reign with Him." Think 
of it ! Oh, glorious anticipation ! My 
heart would in ecstasy cry out, with the 
beloved disciple (Rev. 22:20), "Come. 
Lord Jesus !" "Come quickly." How 
inexpressibly sweet to dwell on those 

June, 1911. 



heavenly meditations of my beloved 
Paul: "If children, then heirs; heirs of 
God, and joint-heirs with Christ ; if so 
be that we suffer with Him, that we may 
be also glorified tog"ether." (Rom. 
8:17.) No' wonder the Apostles who 
had, while Christ was on earth, suffered 
with Him, now that the promised Holy 
Spirit had come in His place, were (Acts 
5:41) "Rejoicing- that they were counted 
worthy to suffer shame for His name," 
in view of the promised seat on the 
throne with Him, and the assurance that 
they should "be also glorified together." 
How inexpressibly sweet to know by ex- 
perience, and with Paul (Ephesians 1:3) 
say, from a full heart, amid the horrors 
of war, with screeching" missiles of death 
filling the air every moment, "Blessed be 
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, who hath blessed us with all 
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in 
Christ." Yes, God is my witness, that, 
in this literal reign of death, I found a 
heavenly place, heaven was open, and my 
Savior bade me look up into His smiling 


In July, 1868, the first number of the 
''Christian Banner/' which was changed 
to Christian Cynosure, was issued, 
with Ezra A. Cook as publisher. I well 
knew the intolerant, hateful character 
of Freemasonry, being familiar with the 
history of the abduction and murder of 
Capt. Wm. Morgan for exposing the 
order. I had also witnessed its hellish 
work in the army, but the Senior Part- 
ner gave me guidance and courage. I 
had published a second edition of the- 
minutes of an anti-Masonic convention 
held at Aurora, Illinois, a few months 

I was well aware that publishing the 
Christian Cynosure meant relentless, 
cruel persecution ; but it gave me an op- 
portunity to suffer with Him, and, won- 
drous love ! claim the right tO' reign with 
Him who died for me, and wa's now 
Senior .Partner, I could not hesitate, 
though I knew from the human stand- 
point financial ruin was assured. I also 
knew whom I had believed, and was per- 
suaded that He would keep me against 
that day. "I will never leave thee, nor 
forsake thee." "I will hide thee in my 
secret pavilion." And I cried : "It is 
enough, blessed Lord. I will not fear 

what man shall do unto me. By thy 
grace, dear Partner, I will be strong and 
of good courage." 

You, dear Cynosure readers, who 
took the Cynosure in 1868-9, learned, 
through its columns, something (com- 
paratively little, however) of this his- 
tory. Are you interested to know how 
God planned my life for me from in- 
fancy ; at times lovingly set aside my 
plans, because Llis were better, and be- 
cause, as my Lord, He had agreed to 
direct me? In August, 1864, eleven 
days before my three-year term of serv- 
ice in the Union Army expired, I was 
discharged, because of the shattering of 
my right hand by a bullet and buckshot 
at very close range, at the battle of 
Drury's Bluff, under the guns of the out- 
works of Richmond, Virginia. Natural- 
ly, the details are of thrilling interest 
to me ; but I will barely touch on the 

The Lord most' clearly called me into 
the army, took away absolutely all fear 
of death, and even g'ave my beloved sis- 
ter Louisa, two and a half years older 
than I, so positive an assurance that He 
would preserve my life that, on one occa- 
sion, .when President Jonathan Blanchard 
asked her of my welfare, she expressed 
perfect confidence that I was to come 
home, safe in due time, and, when he said, 
"But how do you know that Ezra will 
come home, since thousands are falling 
in battle?" her answer was: "Because 
He has told me so." I knew nothing of 
this until I did come home. 

In the army mv blessed Savior gave 
me ample opportunity for Christian serv- 
ice, for comrades; and. at one time, for 
several months, when on detached duty, 
for labor for the negroes on the plan- 
tation where the great Southern states- 
man John C. Calhoun was l)orn and 
brought up. I was the recognized lead- 
er in Christian work, by the L". S. Chris- 
tian Commission. Except when I was 
reading it, my Bible was always in my 
blouse pocket, in an oiled-silk bag, used 
to protect it 'even when I was soaked 
with rain. I read it through seven times 
during my army service. 

When in battle my right hand was 
shattered, as related. 1 tliouoht that it 
might mean the loss of ni}- hand, if not 
of mv life; but I had God's assurance 



June, 1911. 

that He wanted m}- life for Himself; and 
I was so sure that He wanted to use ni}' 
right hand also that I depended wholly 
on Him for gnidance. Fainting from 
loss of blood, after safely rnnning the 
gauntlet of at least a hundred shots, a 
dear Christian conu-ade aided me till we 
came to a pool of cold swamp water, in 
which I soaked a large silk muffler and 
wrapped it around my hand. After a 
walk of something over a mile, I was 
helped into a car with other wounded. A 
little later, as God had used the cold wa- 
ter to stop the flow of blood, and I felt 
stronger. I eliml)ed out of the car when 
it came to another group of wounded. 
This was all "of the Lord," but soon 
after, the rebels, who outnumbered us 
five to one, captured that car. with a 
Comrade Lenscomb. of my own com- 
pany, who, with a wounded arm, re- 
mained in the car. Poor, dear comrade. 
He was a ]\Iethodist brother, and I trust 
a saved man. 

When quinine and whisky was served 
to the men, I refused to touch it. When 
a comrade asked for my ration, I refused 
to acknowle(^ge ownership of the hell 
broth, except on one occasion, when 
Pliney F, Root, a Christian comrade, 
who was suffering' from bowel trouble, 
asked that he might have it. Fie was 
a true Christian. He soon became help- 
less, lingered along some weeks, and 
passed away to heavenly rest, in a hospi- 
tal tent, wdiile the officers in the next 
tent, "gloriously drunk," were having a 
spree on medical whisky. ^ Poor Lens- 
comb (the wounded comrade alluded to), 
so far as I know, never drank his quinine 
and whisky ration ; but he received it, 
and sold it to others, and, sad to say, 
the curse of God seemed to follow this, 
for later he bought from the regimental 
sutler some blackberry brandy, that they 
said was not intoxicating, sold it to his 
comrades, and, greatly to my sorrow, got 
"boozy" on it himself. When I reached 
home, father or mother showed me the 
obituary notice of Comrade Lenscomb. 
He died from his wound (less dangerous 
than mine) in the Confederate hospital 
at Petersburg. 

Although I witnessed the attack I have 
referred to, when this hospital car and 
many soldiers were captured, I was out 
of sight, neac by. in the woods, and 

w^alked on to camp with a sword which 
I had picked up on the way. Surgeon 
Clark, who examined my shattered hand, 
urged the great importance of keeping it 
soaking in cold water. About thirty-six 
hours later a steamer took me, with other 
wounded, up the coast to the great hospi- 
tal grounds of David's Fsland, New York 
harbor. It was a night trip, ending bare- 
ly at daybreak, the i8th of May, 1864. 
AH night long I spent pouring the cold* 
ocean water on the wounds of mv com- 
rades, many of them far less dangerous 
than my own. But I felt the importance 
of keeping my own hand soaked with the 
cold water, and so refused to trv to sleep. 
We landed before the surgeons went 
on duty. Soon nurses brought each a 
glass of wdiisky. I told the nurse that 
I wished to see the doctor before taking 
mine. When he came I courteously 
stated my temperance principles, and 
asked to be excused from taking it. The 
doctor said : "Would you like some 
wine? You shall have the best the de- 
partment affords." I asked to be ex- 
cused from taking alcohol in any form ; 
and then Dr. Thompson, who proved to 
be a most noble Christian man, told me 
that his views coincided with mine per- 
fectly, but he was a man under authori- 
ty, and was obliged to offer alcoholic 
stimulants to all the wounded, but was 
not ordered to make them take it. 

In body I Avas now very weak, from 
loss of both blood and sleep ; and I 
learned afterward that not only the 
nurses, but other surgeons, were greatly 
astonished that Dr. Thompson did not 
promptly amputate my hand. He saw, 
without asking me, that I wanted to save 
my hand, or that God wanted it saved, 
and I am sure that he prayerfully set 
about doing his part. He told me that 
taking anything to deaden the pain (an 
anesthetic) would derange my system, 
which it was important to keep in perfect 
health, and I at once assented. He 
motioned to his assistant to hold my wrist 
while he began operations, when, with- 
out hesitation, I told him it was unneces- 
sary. Evidently he believed it, for he 
went right to work, and my hand lay 
there on my cot as if in a vise. An 
angel held it ! It was a miracle ! The 
doctor's attendant could not possibly 
have held it as still ; for there was not 

June, 1911. 



so much as a "twitch" at the burning- 
and cutting, which were more painful 
than amputation would have been. This 
burning with bromine daily, and then 
shaving off the burned flesh, continued 
for about four weeks, until but a skeleton 
hand remained. 

The crisis came when the torn flesh 
had been burned and cut away. The bro- 
mine did not seem to burn the bones or 
tendons, but there was an artery. Dr. 
Thompson was prayerfully watching 
events, and God's angel, who held my 
hand so wonderfully day after day, and 
saved me from even a groan, was watch- 
ins:, too, I believe. Everv shred of torn 
flesh must be removed, for it was all 
gangrenous. Dr. Thompson was at my 
bedside early when the last flesh was to 
be removed, and, when the artery burst, 
he promptly staunched the blood. I was 
his only patient that J^^ne day ; for he 
worked over me the entire day. going 
without his noon meal, and leaving my 
cot after sunset. From this time on im- 
provement was increasingly rapid. When 
the healing fairly beo-an. our pavilion was 
thronged with other wounded, often on 
crutches, when the wound was exposed 
for dressing, and the other surgeons 
showered the good doctor with compli- 
ments on his skill. They wTre all de- 
served ; but, of course, none knew, as 
I did, about the angel that God sent daily 
to hold my hand : much less could they 
know how happy I was in spite of the 
agony of body. 

I had taught those dear colored peo- 
ple on the Calhoun plantation every night 
and Sunday that I was not on military 
duty, and the Lieutenant in command of 
the detachment had ap])ointed me their 
guardian, so far as seeing that they were 
not harmed by wicked soldiers was con- 
cerned. The Christian Commission, hear- 
ing of my work, furnished me primers. 
I had learned to join in singing their 
weird religious melodies ; but I wanted 
some good Sabbath school hymns, and 
ordered some Sunday school hymn books 
from New York a couple of weeks be- 
fore leaving Braddock's ]A)int, but they 
failed to arrive. The Sabbath school 
was very popular with my colored folks, 
particularly with the very old, at least 
two of whom must have passed the cen- 
turv mark, as their gTav-haired great- 

grandchildren plainly indicated ; yet they, 
as all of the others, desired to be taught. 
The Christian Commission primers were 
excellent, had simi)lc words and large 
type, and were illustrated. One teacher 
had been the most profane man in the 
regiment ; but, before the Sunday school 
was started, I believe he was converted 
in the meetings which were held every 
night in the week, whether I was present 
or not, and I w^as there about three nights 
out of four, being on military/ duty about 
one-fourth of the time. The other teach- 
ers were a drummer boy, and several 
children l)etween eight and twelve who 
had somewhere been taught to read. 
These taught grand and great-grand])ai-- 

The delayed Sunday school song books 
referred to, after having the address 
changed many times, reached me at 
David's Island Hospital in time to prove 
a great comfort to me and to comrades 
who gathered around my cot, while we 
made the pavilion ring with God's praise, 
r think that I then fully realized how 
happy Paul and Silas were in that old 
jail, in spite of their bleeding backs and 
the torture of the stocks, as they sang 
so loud that ''the prisoners heard them." 

And all of this story to tell how I hap- 
pened to be a business man and ])ublisher 
of the Cynosure instead of a teacher. I 
intended to be a teacher, and had secured 
a teacher's certificate before I enlisted. 
I was discharged, at my request (as the 
doctor said I was entitled to stav in the 
hospital for six months yet, and draw ni}- 
pay besides). Though my hand, then 
but partly healed, was almost double nor- 
mal thickness, and was twisted almost at 
right angles wdth my wrist, yet I could 
w^rite in a readable fashion, but it was 
hardly a fit copy for a student to fol- 
low. I did not realize, however, what a 
drawback this w^as until I came to teach 
school in the winter of '64 and '65. 
(To be continued.) 

Men mete out their own temporal 
joys and eternal pleasures by the 
measure of charitable, loving, con- 
siderate, patient dispositions they 
manifest toward others. 

To let our light shine is to be just. 



June, 1911. 



"Many of lis seem to have the im- 
pression that the Italian is of a lawless 
nature, especially so of those who have 
but lately come to our country from the 
south of Italy and Sicily," remarks the 
Jii-i'cnile Court Record in an article 
on "The Italian child and the juvenile 
court." "Chicago has had its quota of 
so-called Black Hand outrages. The 
police nets are stretched, and some- 
times hundreds of the residents of the 
Italian quarter known as Little Italy 
are rounded up to be searched and 
questioned by the officers of the law. 
These campaigns against the secret so- 
ciety methods of the Sicilian avail but 
little, and the police are generally no 
wiser after the round-up than before. 

"One wonders that these constant 
agitations in the Italian district do not 
cause and stimulate more delinquency 
upon the part of the children of the 
district than they do- The Italian 
youngster hears talk of vendettas, 
feuds, and secret organizations, from 
babyhood up, but still he does not be- 
come what we would justly term a bad 
boy, as a class." 

There is perhaps no other country, 
reckoned as predominantly Roman 
Catholic, which has sent us a very large 
immiigration within the last half cen- 
tury, and has, in doing this, contributed 
a more promising population, so far as 
readiness for American life soon after 
arrival is concerned. Those who re- 
member more remote immigration and 
who know the Italians as they now ar- 
rive, may be cherishing hopes that, in 
shorter time, the Italian will achieve 
respectable success as an American. 
Besides, an Italian often seems loosely 
attached to Roman Catholicism, or even 
alienated from it, and more open to en- 
lightenrnent. This is encouraging when 
we reflect that the bar tender, the graft- 
er, the ward politician, and the dan- 
gerous voter would have been to-day 
a valuable reinforcement of American 
citizenship, if only they had been evan- 
gelized when they came. There is hope 
of an evangelization of the Italian im- 

migrants, which will be extensive 
enough to secure a large contingent of 
intelligent and moral citizens. 

Yet how much firmer might have 
been their present grasp of public re- 
spect and confidence if their secret so- 
cieties had not cast so wide a shadow 
of distrust. Out of the "hundreds" of 
suspects questioned by the Chicago po- 
lice, it is possible that there are many 
who belong to no such society. At all 
events, it is easy to presume that mul- 
titudes not called to account are as free 
as natives of this country, from affilia- 
tion with the Mafia or any similar nest 
of mischief- Yet the suspicion of con- 
nection with such things, or of charac- 
ter fit for such associations, seems liable 
to work injustice toward many new 
citizens worthy of trust. How fortu- 
nate it would be if the secret soc'ety 
factor could at once be eliminated from 
the Italiano-American problem. Free- 
dom from suspicion, with actual free- 
dom in citizenship, would then appear 
more ful]}^ the possession of this new 


Dr. J. M. Buckley, in the Methodist 
CJiristimi Advocate has this to say: 

"When Christianity dispenses wholly 
with controversy it will be like a sleep- 
ing man — harmless and helpless. 

"We were entertained at the house of 
a friend in New Hampshire, where Hen- 
ry Ward Beechcr was spending a day or 
two. It was his birthday and he was 

"He conducted prayers, and his utter- 
ances were equal to any of his published 
prayers in beauty, simplicity and com- 

''Immediately after he arose, he called 
the writer to him and pointed to a large 
picture hanging on the wall, represent- 
ing a huge mastifif sound asleep with a. 
piece of meat placed before him, and a 
lap-dog quietly drawing it away. Said 
Mr. Beecher, pointing to the sleeping 
mastilT: 'That is Orthodoxy,' and to the 
little dog: 'That is Heterodoxy.' 

"So it is, and ever will be. Contro- 
versy was the life of Paul's works — po- 
lite controversy, brotherly controversy, 
but strong in exposing error and bu-ild- 

June, 1911. 



ing up the truth. The Epistles are full 
of controversy. Moreover, many of 
Christ's sayings were strictly contronjer- 

"It is more than a fine art to combine 
in one sermon the forcible overthrov^^ of 
an error and a heartfelt appeal; but it is 
po.ssible to attain unto it." 

In the May Cynosure wc called at- 
tention to the number of eleemosynary 
institutions carried on by the Lutheran 
church in this country. A friend writes 
us that the fact is that they have thirteen 
children's friends' societies instead of six 
as printed, making a total of one hun- 
dred and ninety charities carried on by 
that church. 


An Eastern religious newspaper ends 
an editorial on the question, "Are the 
labor leaders dynamiters?" by saying 
that ''If organized labor has been be- 
trayed by its leaders it is best for the 
workino-meh of this countrv to know it." 
It is best for all men of the country to 
know it, and it is tO' be hoped that secret 
society influence will not be powerful 
enough to so far suppress knowledge of 
truth as to disqualify any who wish to 
judge from reasonably demonstrated 
"facts. The editorial referred to says in 
part : ''Ever since the trial of William 
D. Haywood, secretary of the Western 
Federation of Miners, and two others, 
for the murder of Governor Steunen- 
berg of Idaho, and the confession of 
Harry Orchard, a strong suspicion has 
existed that some unknown parties were 
carrying on a systematic plot to destroy 
the property and lives, if necessary, of 
those proceeding in building b}^ the use 
of non-union labor." 

Allusion is made to the alleged con- 
fession of McDougal, covering the sacri- 
fice by dynamite of more than a hun- 
dred human victims. It is a startling 
fact that for the six months preceding the 
arrest of the secretarv of the Interna- 
tional Association of Bridge and Struc- 
tural Iron Workers, dynamite outrages 
averaged one a week. It might have 
lielped the labor unions if they could 
have kept Gompers quiet at the time 
when McNamara was arrested, or at 

least have censored out his "gompering" 
whine about the conspirac}' of capital to 
bring odium u[)on labor by doing this 
dynamiting that was attracting recent 
attention. Ital}- holds its right to know 
about Camorra stilettos, America has the 
right to know about no less secret dyna- 


We have just now ha]j])encd to see 
again a few words of an article by W. B. 
Stoddard which we saw in print last 
winter, and there is something like spring 
sunshine in them. Speaking of the work 
in which Jonathan Blanchard and his as- 
sociates were engaged, he declares that 
"No mortal can estimate the value of the 
souls helped in the right by this great 
movement. Its accomplishments are too 
numerous even to mention in this writ- 
ing.'' If a v^orker has fallen into such 
a mood as makes him ready to sigh, 
"Who hath ludieved our messa^'e? and 
to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been 
revealed?" this assurance from the 
grandson of the champion whom he 
names, and from one who has fought in 
the same ranks as the associates he hon- 
ors, and from a witness who knows the 
contested fields of a quarter of a century, 
is like a fresh breeze in a sultrv day. 

We half fear to follow him when he 
ventures so far as to estimate, in view of 
the check u])on initiations, that "Had it 
not been for the National Christian As- 
sociation, and the associated bodies, keep- 
ing before the world by spoken and writ- 
ten word the facts as they pertain to this 
giant evil, it is safe to say millions Avould 
have been misled who are now free." 
Mr. Stoddard speaks of "constantlv meet- 
ing those who have reason to give thanks 
for the work our association is doing." 

Let us turn to our work with fresh- 
ened hope: not all seed can fall among 
thorns. If discouragement paralyzes, so 
that work ceases, then reward is not 
ours: but if sorrowing }-et rejoicing, 
weak yet strong, faint yet pursuing, we 
press on. we shall come where victorA' is 
going, and where harvests are ripening. 
"They that sow in tears shall reap in 
joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth. 
bearing seed f(^r sowing, shall doubtless 
come again with joy, bringing his sheaACs 
with him." 


June, 1911. 


This well-chosen title litly heads a sen- 
sible article relating to the dynamite 
cases, written for the Outlook by ]Mr. 
Roosevelt. The plain arg-ument is forci- 
bl}' used by the very man who seems to 
represent the arraignment of lawless cap- 
ital, ^lalefactors of great wealth found 
a disturber in that writer, who says of 
Mr. Burns : "He has proceeded with 
impartial severity against the most in- 
fluential politicians and the richest busi- 
ness men. It happens that the men whom 
he has now arrested are members of a 
labor organization; just as men whom 
he formerly arrested were members of 
the Republican or Democratic parties, or 
of great and wealthy corporations." 
Again he says: ''It is grossly improper 
to try to create a public ooinion in favor 
of the arrested men simply because the 
crime of w^hich they are accused is one 
committed ag"ainst a capitalist or a cor- 
poration, and because the men who arc 
charged with committing it are members 
of a labor union. This is an inicjuity as 
gross as it would have been if, when, 
three years ago, the Sugar Trust was in- 
dicted for swindling operations in the 
New A^ork Custom House, the forces of 
organized capital had been put behind 
the indicted men on the ground that the 
attack on capitalists guilty of crime 
meant an attack on all capital." The 
article concludes : "AVhether the man at- 
tacked is a capitalist or a socialist, a 
wage-worker or a professional man, has 
nothing whatever to do with the ques- 
tion ; and whether the man attacking him 
does or does not belong to any organiza- 
tion, whether of labor or capital, whether 
social or religious, has nothing to do 
with the question. The one and only 
question is as to the guilt or innocence 
of the men accused. Any man who^ seeks 
to have them convicted if they are inno- 
cent is guilty of a crime against the 
State, and any man who seeks tO' have 
them acquitted if guilty is also guilty of 
a crime against the State." 

This plain statement of a principle as 
broad in possible application as it is sim- 
ple in nature ought to be welcomed by 
any true citizen. It should, moreover, 
be tested more widely; for just as mur- 
der is murder, whether committed by a 
capitalist or a unionist, so, also gomper- 

ism is gomperism, whether practiced by 
one who belongs to a secret order call- 
ing itself Union, or by another who be- 
longs to a secret order calling itself Ma- 
son. It may be that AIcNamara can get 
help from unions, which is legitimate in 
some features, or possibly not obviously 
so in other aspects. We do not know, 
however, that any trade union compels a 
member by explicit rule or sworn oath 
to go all lengths in aiding a known crim- 
inal to escape the due results of his own 
])ersonal crimes. If, however, McNa- 
mara is a Royal Arch Mason as well as 
a unionist it can no longer be said, in the 
language of Mr. Roosevelt, "The one 
and only cjuestioii is as to the guilt or 
innocence of the man accused." Neither 
is the prisoner any longer dependent o'l 
mere lodge custom or on such sympathy 
as fellow-workmen may show. An oath 
sworn under death penalty assures him 
of extrication from the difficulty in 
which he is involved, "Whether he be 
right or wrong." The sole question is 
not guilt or innocence, but membership 
in a certain degree of the Masonic Union 
is the only question. That is gomperism 
pure and simple, formulated before Gom- 
pers was known. Mr. Roosevelt is an 
adherent of the order in which are found 
salient principles of this kind ; yet the 
principle vigorously advocated in his 
Outlook article allows no exception or 
abatement, even when the pot calls the 
kettle black. It is the familiar anti-Ma- 
sonic principle, freshl}/- elucidated and 


The most striking feature of the pic- 
ture of the Camorra murder trial which 
some of the magazines have used anions: 
recent illustrations, is the great cage in 
which thirty-six members of the Camor- 
ra are shut from the rest of the world 
within bars like birds of prey. The 
scene renders the invisible bars of the 
secret society, and the secret segrega- 
tion of members from the rest of the 
world, Adsible. 

As a secret society this one dates back 
for generations, and there seems to have 
been an earlier time when it made no 
pretense of concealing its criminal pur- 
poses and misdeeds. The present trial is 

June, 1911. 



for a secret society murder committed 
about five years ago, when a man and his 
wife were killed after betraying" secrets. 
Four members are said to have been del- 
egated tO' slay the traitors. Instead of 
using a boat, like the selected murderers 
of a famous Freemason, they committed 
their murder on the shore, whither the 
victim had been enticed, and where in 
a truly Italian way they stabbed him. 
His widow was then slain in her sleep by 
two of the murderers who stole into her 

Hundreds of witnesses have testified 
in one way or another, l)ut there is no 
doubt that the body of the man was 
found bearing thirty-nine stiletto wounds. 
This exceeds by many those of that 
earlier Italian, Caesar, whom the earlier 
conspirators g'ashed with twenty-three 
wounds. The man now murdered was a 
famous receiver of stolen goods ; the 
woman had been a procuress ; both were 
credited with influence in the secret so- 

A Berlin paper remarks that "This 
trial afl^ords the best insight into the 
Latin mind the northern races have had." 
The cage stands over the tomb of Loren- 
zo de Viterbo, a costly copy of one of 
whose paintings has lately been bought 
for the British Museum. The tomb is in 
an old church, where, 'Tn the chancel 
are the set seats for the three judges, 
the royal prosecutor and the clerk of the 
court. Li the transept are seats for the 
jury. In another transept is an immense 
iron cage for the accused. Next to it is 
a much smaller cage for the informer, 
one Abbatemaggio. Between the transepts 
the lawyers and the witnesses are accom- 
modated. The nave accommodates the 
clamorous and curious public." 

Perhaps the chief figures among the 
accused are Father A^itozzi, wdio in his 
priestly robes blesses friend and foe and 
administers spiritual consolation to his 
fellow-prisoners, and Erricone, one of 
the leaders of the Camorra, a slender, 
swarthy, short, and nervous creature, 
said to- have instigated the murders. 

The irresistible power of the secret 
society made it impossible to hold the 
trial in Naples. As a political machine 
the society appoints official employes of 
the government with unrelenting favorit- 
ism. All the worthy brothers play into 

one another's hands, and impunity 
through secret society influence is boast- 
ed by members of the Camorra. ''All, 
from the electoral lists to the cleaning of 
the streets, from public records to ])ublic 
instruction, from the distribution of the 
water to the task of seeing to the public 
gardens, from the concession of public 
franchises to the burial of the dead, is 
tainted." ''One comes across public of- 
ficials in the city hall a hundred times 
guilty, one hundred times punished and 
meriting dismissal, Init a hundred times 
allowed to remain, receiving instead of 
disgrace prizes and emoluments and hon- 
ors. 'This seems impossible to all who 
do not know what the Camorra is.' " 


"It is eas}- enough for people in other 
countries to shake their heads over these 
powerful Italian secret societies," ob- 
serves the London A'cws, "of which the 
Alafia and the Camorra are the most 
powerful examples. 'The present mur- 
der trial has indeed brought home to all 
of us the terrible nature of their work- 
ings ; but we forget that Italy has but 
recently emerged from a period of an- 
archic government, and nothing is so pro- 
ductive of secret societies as misgovern- 

"Neapolitan characteristics have cer- 
tainly exemplified themselves in a mode 
bewildering to all Europe during the six 
weeks that have elapsed since this great 
state trial opened. '•' ''' '■' There have been 
moments when the entire body of pris- 
oners in the cage was weeping together. 
* * ''' Pandemonium reigns in court at 
every tense moment. '•' * * Women faint 
by scores. Prisoners swoon." One day 
George B. McClellan, who was Mayor of 
New York when Lieut. Petrosini arrest- 
ed Enrico Alfano, the alleged head of 
the Camorra, visited the court, and that 
(la\' the disorder \\-as excessive, the pris- 
oners in the cage continually interrupt- 
ing the testimony of Abbatemaggio and 
shouting curses. The former Mayor of 
New York seemed to be an object of in- 
terest to the prisoners, evcrv one of 
whom may have known well not onlv 
why Petrosino died, but also how. The 
American ex-Mayor remarked on the 
niethods of the court, which to him were 
unusual }et seemed in many respects ad- 



June, 1911. 

inirable. After one stormy demonstra- 
tion which the court had difficulty in 
quelHng', the witness Sortino turned to- 
ward J\Ir. jMcClellan, saying: *''If we are 
acquitted here, we will go to America, 
where you will accuse us of the murder 
of Petrosino." 

Ugly epithets and imprecations con- 
tinually interrupted the informer, Ab- 
batemao-oio, after he had shown that the 
Camorra existed in organized form in- 
side as well as outside prisons, and had 
included the explanation of the way it 
was so managed that the members who 
had taken the final oath and those still 
on probation should not be grouped to- 
gether or enabled to communicate with 
each other while in prison. 

Discussing his experience at the trial, Mr. 
McClellan said: "Two points struck me; 
first, the absence of red tape, which enabled 
the president to get at the bottom of every- 
thing during the trial, and, second, the won- 
derful ability of Abbatemaggio and the ac- 
cused Sortino. The whole criminal procedure 
differs from ours, as the presumption is not 
the same. With us the accused is assumed to 
be iimoccnt until he is proved guilty. Here the 
reverse is the case. Bearing this fact in mind, 
your procedure seems to be admirably adapted 
to determine fairly the guilt or innocence of 
the accused. 

Mr. McClellan continued : "Your court is 
not confined to our rules of evidence and is 
able to cut many legal knots with speed, which 
is certainly extremely admirable. The most 
■dramatic feature today was the confrontingof 
Abbatemaggio Avith Sortino, the proceeding 
liaving no parallel in Anglo-Saxon countries. 
Abbatemaggio impressed me as abnormally 
clever. He stood the regular cross examina- 
tion by President Bianchi and a half dozen 
lawyers without a slip or contradiction. The 
other prisoners, like Abbatemaggio, are very 
intelligent in appearance, looking hke a body 
of fairly progressive business men. 

"I conversed with the priest Vitozzi, and 
never saw more expressive facial play or ges- 
tures. Alfano, the alleged head of the Camor- 
ra, has as intelligent a face as I have ever 
seen. He sits in the front row of the prison- 
ers's cage, dominating his associates and 
handling them like a prompter in a theatrical 
performance. The trial interested me pro- 
foundly. Its scope is more extended than the 
mere conviction of the murders of Cuocolo. 
The Camorra itself is on trial, and every true 
friend of Italy must earnestly hope that the 
admirable body of carabineers will succeed in 
the end in their patriotic mission of purifying 

The World To-Day notes that "The 
trial has been marked by what seemed 
to Americans extraordinary disorder in 
the courtroom," and regards it as hav- 

ing "particular interest to America, as 
there are springing up in the United 
States groups of Italian criminals who, 
in the name of the 'Black Hand,' are 
levving blackmail and committing: mur- 
ders. Our government has not yet found 
a way of dealing with these criminals, 
but it is to be hoped that this condition 
of affairs will not be continued indefi- 

Doubtless our government, as a whole, 
has not yet found a way to deal with 
these criminals, yet Oregon and some 
other States seem tO' be making an at- 
tempt to find a way. For example, the 
Oregon Legislature is understood to 
have passed in its twenty-sixth regular 
session House Bill No. 6, which appears 
to make it unlawful and punishable for 
any person, firm or corporation, either 
directly or indirectly, to write, to print, 
indite, or circulate, or procure to be 
written, printed, indited or circu- 
lated, in any language, any such 
secrets as the Camorra. Mafia. Jes- 
uit order, or any similar society, may 
esteem desirable to be kept from the 
knowledge of the government or of its 
citizens. After all. we are still inclined 
to fear, with the editor of the magazine, 
that the real way to deal with the secret 
evil has not yet been found. 

Get high enough up and you will be 
above the fog ; and while the men down 
in it are squabbling as to whether there 
is anything outside the mist, you, from 
your sunny station, will see the far-off 
coasts, and haply catch some whiff of 
perfume from their shores, and see 
some glinting of a glory upon the shin- 
ing turrets of "the city that hath foun- 

"To love equally as much the grace 
that comes through being 'instructed 
how to be hungry' and to suffer, as 
you love the faith required to know 
how to be 'full' and to abound in 
health — that is victory. (Phil. 4, 12.) -; 

You have to walk in all the light to 
keep justified. And if you have ever 
been sanctified you have to keep 
sanctified by faith. - 

June, 1911. 



Settle of §\tt Pori 


Mr. C. G. Fait, who has studied the 
subject of secrecy and its relation to the 
various interests of our times for the 
past thirty years, will answer calls with- 
in reasonable distance from his home if 
his traveling expenses are paid. Address 
Mr. C. G. Fait, Ellendale, N. D. 


Chicago, III, May 15, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I will send a few lines today, as the 
work of the Annual Meeting will soon 
take my time. During the past month 
my work has been in New York, Wash- 
ington, D. C. ; Baltimore, Md. ; Zanes- 
ville, Columbus. Cedarville, Xenia and 
Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Berne and Ft. 
Wayne, Ind. I have found encourage- 
ment in all these centers, and ministered 
to the people as there was time and op- 

Some eighty subscriptions were taken 
to the Christian Cynosure en route to 
this city. Berne, Indiana, conies forward 
with the banner list. Our Mennonite 
friends are there, as always, in the lead. 

A Sabbath was spent with the Free 
Methodists in Columbus, Ohio, where 
Rev. R. B. Niles of Zanesville was hav- 
ing successful evangelistic meetings. He 
speaks out plainly in opposition to the 
Lodge. A conference of Ohio Synod 
Lutheran pastors was in session in their 
publication building'. In a paper read by 
Pastor Troutman of Lancaster, Ohio, 
the Lodge was mentioned with other 
false worships and popular deceptions. 
This conference gave me an opportunity 
to greet several friends from Colum- 
bus and adjacent cities. 

At Cedarville, Ohio, I missed the 
genial smile and kindly aid of our good 
friend H. H. McMillan. He is among 
those who have recently passed to their 
eternal reward. Mr. Fred Roggs and 
Mr. F. A. Requarth, members of the 
Ohio Synod Lutheran Church, Dayton, 
Ohio, are also among our translated 
helpers. Their memories will be precious 
because of their lives. 

Pastor J. Beck of Richmond, Indiana, 
is one who always gives special cheer. 
For more than twenty-five years he has 
stood faithfully with us. So many were 
very helpful at Berne, Indiana, I hesi- 
tate to make mention of any. I was very 
glad to find Rev. S. F. Sprunger, the 
senior pastor, still able to minister to his 
immense congregation. Rev. J. W. 
Kliewer, pastor in charge, leaves in Sep- 
tember to take the presidency of Bethel 
College at Newton, Kansas. He will 
carry with him the esteem of the entire 
community. Only a most urgent call 
would have taken him from his devoted 

Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was found to be 
full of need for work in our line. A 
Mardi Gras carnival of Elks was hold- 
ing forth in an appeal to the appetites 
and passions of the foolish who could 
be persuaded to patronize them. 

The Bible Training School reported in 
usual number. The greeting for vour 
representative was cordial as ever. A 
sermon was preached for them in the 
morning, and an address on the Lodge 
evil given in the Mennonite Mission in 
the evening. Brother King is getting 
several to give up their lodges and be- 
come Christians. 

A Sabbath here in Chicago gave op- 
portunity to minister in three of the Men- 
nonite missions. Am to speak at a fourth 
(D. V.) tonight. Friends from all these 
missions hope to be with us in our An- 
nual Meeting this week. It is a great 
pleasure tO' note the extension of the 
Mennonite work. They have now six mis- 
sions in Chicago, supplied with pastors 
and workers. A central mission build- 
ing has been erected during- the vear at 
a cost of some $18,000. The need for 
such work here is very great. Let us 
thank God He is raising up those who 
are willing to do it. A visit to North 
Park College, sustained by our Swedish 
Mission friends, found them enjoying 
their usual prosperity. They stand 
squarely against the Lodge. My address 
to the student body was well received 
and a delegate was appointed by them 
to carry their greeting to our Annual 

Rev. E. B. Stew^art, President of our 
Association, and pastor of the Third 
L^nited Presbvterian Church, this citv. 



June, 1911. 

gave me opportunity to address those 
^vho gathered in the weekly prayer meet- 
ing". So many ph\ees call for work, I 
scarcely know w hich held to enter. 

W. B. Stoddard. 


Dermott. Ark., i\Iay 6, 191 1. 
^Ir. Wm. I. Phillips. 

Dear Sir: The writer was at Luna, 
Ark., the first Snnday in last month. I 
met a large congregation, and after talk- 
ing over the needs of onr school, we took 
lip onr Bible lesson. \A^e fonnd in the 
first verse that Naaman was a great 
man with his master and honorable, bnt 
that he was a leper. I said : "We have a 
great many great men now, but they are 
lepers. And this disease is incurable. No 
man can cure it. It is a symbol of sin. 
Sin can not be cured by man. God will 
have to take the case in hand if one is 
ever to be cured of sin. There are many 
great men in the churches of today, but 
they are lepers ; they have gone off into 
the world (James 2:15), and have lost 
their love of God. Your leaders are so 
wrapped up in the lodges that you have 
lost the spirit of God ( Ezek. '13:3)." 

One brother said : "It is our preach- 
ers ! Sister, right over here at Mount 
Horeb Church today, not more than a 
"mile from this place, they have an instal- 
lation going on. Three different lodges 
are installing their officers /// the Jioiisc 
of God, and after it is over tjiey will 
have wine drinking." I said: "Brother, 
not in the church ?" He said : "Yes, in 
the church." I then asked : "Are you 
a lodge man?" He said: "Yes, l)ut I 
would not do a thing like that. I put 
mv church first." "Brother, Christ is the 
head of the Church. The Church is the 
Body of Christ (i Cor. 12:27-28)." 
"Well." he said, "my lodge is just 
like the church." I said: "I don't 
see anvthing about lodges in the 'Body.' 
Are ybu a Mason?" "Yes." "Well, we 
will look at verse 28 of the Bible lesson, 
and see if He set any Masons in His 
Body." We looked, but could not find 
anything. He said : "Well, I am a 
preacher myself." 

"Yes," I said, "you are a great man, 
but vou are a leper. You had better 
get under the blood and get baptized and 

then come out and teach the people. You 
are the leader." He said: "Sister, the 
biggest men we have belong to the Ma- 
sons." I answered : "Yes, brother, but 
Blell is big enough to hold all your big 
men. lAnd Christ has no big men in his 
Church (Math. 18:1-4)." 

After the lesson was over, the broth- 
ers and sisters all gathered around me to 
see my books and tracts against lodges. 
I told the brothers how they were made 
into lodge men. One man said: "Sister, 
how on earth did you get our secrets ? 
W^e Masons can not stand that. We will 
have to carry you in our ante-room — 
you will have to join us. You must be 
stopped in some way or other." I said 
"By the other way is meant the way 
Captain Morgan went." One woman 
said : "Brother, hush, the lodge has been 
going on ever since the world has been 
in existence. Who can stop it?" I re- 
plied : "Sister, God does not want to 
stop it : He is going to get His children 
out of it, and let the Devil have his own. 
Those that remain in them after coming 
to the knowledge of the truth, are like 
those who (Matt. 23:31-33, 23:9-12, 
24:15) 'compass sea and land to make 
one proselyte, and when he is made ye 
make him two-fold more the child of 
Hell than yourselves.' " 

Brother Phillips, two of those Masonic 
preachers came to the house where I 
was stopping" and said : "You have all of 
our secrets, and everything you said 
about the devilment in the Masonic lodge 
is true. It is the leader of all other 
lodges ; the headcjuarters of all devil- 
ment. We quit them years ago." I said : 
"Have you told the people you are lead- 
ing that they are wrong?" They both 
said: "No, if we tell it, they will kill us." 
I said : "If you don't -^arn the people 
( Ezek. 33 :6 ) , what will the Lord do to 
you? Will you hold your peace and keep 
silence? (Isaiah 62:'6-'/) .'^ They said: 
"Well, you pray for us. We are cow- 
ards. We are afraid of public senti- 
ment." I said: "Paul was not afraid to 
lose his head for the Gospel's sake, now 
what is the matter with Clod's preachers 
of today? Have you the qualifications? 
(Titus T :6) : 'blameless, the husband of 
one wife, having faithful children, not 
accused of riot, or unruly. For a bishop 
must be blameless, as the steward of 

June, 1911. 



God ; not self-willed, not soon angry, not 
given to wine, no striker, not given to 
filthy lucre.' There are so many preach- 
ers striking for higher wages, or filthy 
lucre, leaving one congregation to go to 
posts where they can get higher wages ; 
and some are not lovers of hospitality, 
neither are they lovers of good men, nor 
sober, just and holy. Most of them say 
you cannot live holy — so, iike priest, like 
people.' 'Blind leading the blind, and all 
falling into the ditch.' *Ye serpents, ye 
generation of vipers, how can ye escape 
the damnation of Hell?' (Matt. 23:33)." 
I said: ''This is what Jesus said to> the 
false leaders." 

Brother Phillips, one of those preach- 
ers broke down in tears, and said : "We 
are to blame for the way the people are 
doing." Then I prayed : "O God, de- 
liver these poor ministers." 
Yours for Christ, 

Lizzie Woods. 


Natchitoches, La., May 10, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

Since my last letter I have really im- 
proved physically, thank the Lord. 

My article in the May issue created 
quite a stir in the Secret Empire here. 
One of the mysterious strangers was so 
greatly incensed, he carried the article to 
a number of homes and tried tO' convince 
a number of good people that the article 
was disparaging" to the church. He de- 
clared, by his vow in the mysterious em- 
pire of the unfaithful works of dark- 
ness, that he intended to stir up confu- 
sion in my church and make things in 
general unpleasant. This of course is 
in perfect accord with his obligation. 

Another Baptist pastor told one of my 
church officers that he would come to the 
church and bring his congregation to 
assist us, but since he heard me preach 
against secret lodges he had decided to 
have nothing to do with me or my 
church. For' nine years past this same 
lodge-bound preacher has been conspicu- 
ous in his helping of my present church 
by keeping himself absent from all its 
services. How can we reconcile this 
blind guide, leader of the blind, and his 
statement with the great commission 
(Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)? 
Here is a man wlio claims to be an 

apostle of the lowly Xazarene, who, when 
he w^as reviled, resented not. and when 
He was bruised, opened not his mouth, 
yet this blind leader has grown too 
prejudiced against a fellow apostle to 
even visit his church because its shepherd 
dared to sound an alarm to the flock 
(Ezek. 33). These two splendid speci- 
mens of lodge ])roducti()n are an undeni- 
able proof of the sin of sworn secrec}'.. 

I shall continue to declare the whole 
counsel of God though the sons of dark- 
ness froth at their mouth and shout de- 
fiance to Jehovah. I have preached at 
Weils, Alexandria and Natchitoches, La., 
since my last report. It is sad indeed in 
ihis gospel age to see how men and 
women are worshiping idols and at false 
altars in secret lodge rooms, and }-et 
these same idolaters are constantly 
preaching- and ranting" about the idola- 
trous worshipers under Jeroboam, Omri, 
Ahab and all of the idolatrous kings and 
priests. Although there arc many who 
will not read the Cynosure and who will 
not speak one good w^ord for an anti-se- 
cretist, yet, many others are seeing the 
light through its columns. Let the good 
work gO' on. Yours for a clean church 

and pure gospel. 

F. T- Davidson. 


Though the Christian Association of 
Houghton Seminary has been in exist- 
ence only a few months, it has sent out 
letters and tracts to over five hundred 
Wesleyan Methodist elders and licen- 
tiates. In answer to these letters the 
Association has hundreds of calls for 
free anti-secret literature. As fast as 
funds are furnished to cover the actual 
expense of postage and printing, stu- 
dents and members of the faculty of 
Houghton Seminary respond to these 
calls, charging nothing for their work. 
This plan enables AA>sle}au ^Methodists 
or others to have antisccret tracts sent 
to their friends witli the least possil)le 
expense to the cause, and at the same 
time enables students to form the hal^it 
of doing practical and aggressive work 
in reform. 

On ]\ra\- TOth in the Seminary Chapel, 
was held one of the semi-annual anti- 
secret meetings provided for by the As- 
sociatitin's Constitution. Tlie Rev. A. T. 



June, 1911. 

Jennings, editor of the U'cslcyaii Mctli- 
odist. delivered a very able address, treat- 
ing- recent legislative attempts against 
antisecrecy. comparing secrecy and 
Christianity as to their foundation prin- 
ciples, and setting' forth the duty of 
Christians to inform themselves thor- 
ouo-hlv in regard to the nature of both 
secrecy and Christianitv. Chairman E. 
W. Bruce presided, Treasurer Harold 
Hester spoke of the work of the student 
association, and a quartet furnished good 
music. The interest shown in this meet- 
ing seems to indicate that Houghton 
Seminary intends to do lasting work in 
the much neglected field of antisecret re- 
form, H. R. Smith, Jr. 
IMay 15, 191 1. 

from #ur HaiL 

Claytonville, 111., May i, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

I must write you a few lines, and am 
glad to tell you that I am still at the 
old stand, and that God is finding plenty 
for me to do here and elsewhere. 

About three weeks ago I had the 
pleasure of talking on the lodge question 
to Mr. F. Gilbreath, our Superintend- 
ent of Schools. I began directly after 
supper, and continued until nearly mid- 
night. He is a Mason, bright, intelli- 
gent, and conscientious, but nof a pro- 
fessor of Christianity. I found the dear 
man willing and anxious to hear what I 
had to say regarding the lodg'e abomina- 
tions. I pointed out the great evils of 
Masonry ; and he never disputed a single 
statement that I made, but acknowledged 
the truth like a man. 

His mother-in-law, and his sister-in- 
law — one of the best school teachers in 
this county, and a devoted Christian 
woman — were both present during the 
whole conversation, which they greatly 
enjoyed, and in which they were intense- 
ly interested. The teacher was at my 
house this morning, and received a fine 
package of rituals, pamphlets, and 
Cynosures, and also one of Bro. Blanch- 
ard's books. She was influenced into the 
Royal Neighbors' lodge not long ago, but 
is now inclined to question the pretended 

goodness of that lodge, and of all the 
other lodges as well. I denounced the 
whole lodge system, and spared none of 
them, and gave what I regard as good, 
and more than ample, reasons. She is 
going to investigate the lodge system 

I might speak of other important con- 
versations, but will not do so now. I 
want to say, that, of all the hindrances in 
the way of the deliverance of the world 
of captive souls, the false prophet of the 
false church is one of the greatest. One 
might be led to think that there is about 
one Elijah to four hundred prophets of 
Baal, and one John the Baptist to a 
whole host of hypocrite scribes and 
pharisees. Some of the popular modern 
churches (so-called) seem to be paying 
homage at the shrine of an imaginary 
Christ, and an imaginarv God ; and when 
the real Christ appears, they may prove 
to be no more like Him than were the 
pharisees and sadducees of old. 

The soul-infernalizlng lodges are con- 
trolling many denominations to- which 
men and women are looking for light 
and help ; and hence the sun refuses to 
shine, the stars are falling, and gross 
darkness covers the minds of the people, 
and makes them easy victims of the hell 
powers. I know of many preachers, 
against whose injurious influence I would 
shield my boy as I would shield him 
against the old bloat of a saloon keeper. 
These false prophets would influence my 
boy to enter intO' the fatal snares of these 
soul-demoralizing lodges. 

These are hard things to say ; but they 
are true, and who can deny it? There 
is no doubt in my mind that we do too 
much side stepping and dodging 
around the stump, and that the greater 
part of our energy is spent in vain, be- 
cause it is spent in the wrong direction. 

Can't you see the lodge controlling 
various church denominations? and can't 
you see churches being carried into per- 
dition by the Beast of pagan idolatry? I 
tell you, my dear brother, if Jesus were 
here, as He was nineteen hundred years 
ago. His biggest fight would be with the 
recreant denominations, and the blind 
guides who are criminally responsible for 
the thralldom of these eternity-bound 
souls. Your brother in Christ, 

(Rev.) L. V. Harrell. 

June, 1911. 




Decatur, 111., Feb. 28th, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

Some time last sprin.j;^' I asked you for 
information regardino- the Elks' lodge. I 
consider it my duty now to express my 
thanks to you for the ample instruction 
which I was able to gather from the De- 
cember, 1910, number of the Cynosure. 

While waiting" for enlightenment from 
you regarding the character of the Elks' 
lodge, I was by no means inactive, but 
privately and openly waged war against 
the Elks and all the other animals of the 
devil's menagerie. With the Lord's help, 
through His Word, I have won, and am 
positive of gaining more victories. 
Thanks be to God that I am working" 
for His cause in a church which openly 
opposes all oath-bound secret societies, 
and at present serve a congregation 
which will not tolerate lodge members as 
communicants or voting members. 

I now know from my own experience 
that the Elks are by no means that harm- 
less, benevolent social organization 
which they pretend tO' be. The princi- 
ples of the Elks tend to make those who 
adhere and follow them unscrupulous 
and deceitful hypocrites. In this respect 
they seemingly surpass their mother — 
Freemasonry. A young man who had 
been attending my church regularly, and 
had the intention of becoming a mem- 
ber of my church, joined the Elks. I 
asked him for his reasons for doing so. 
He answered by lavishly praising the 
noble principles and deeds of the order, 
and the high-grade character of its 
members. This knowleds^e he declared 
to have been obtained chiefly from the 
constitution and by-laws of the order be- 
fore joining. Though he has promised, 
time and again, to furnish me with a 
copy of this desirable literature, he has 
thus far failed to do' so, and even has 
lost track of his cop}^ He furthermore 
insisted that he had joined the order 
without giving an oath or a pledg'e. While 
debating with him on this question a 
friend of his happened along; and, in re- 
ply to a few questions to this friend, he 
declared : *'The Elks' lodge is the most 
ironclad oathbound society in existence." 
That, of course, was a A^ery undesirable 
statement just then, and my friend gave 
in. It is not an easv task tO' induce a 

person who resorts to such a shamefaced 
lie to ward oft" the suspicion that he is an 
unprincipled character, to admit that his 
oath given to his lodge is blasphemous. 
Any intelligent person, knowing- what an 
oath is, namely an invocation of the liv- 
ing God to be a witness of the truth and 
an avenger of falsehood, should readily 
see that a self-respecting person cannot 
give an oath to keep a secret, the nature 
of which has not and cannot be miade 
known to him. But either the oathbound 
lodge member. — poor, benighted soul — ■ 
''cannot see it that way," or he gets an- 
gry, and declares that he "knows his own 
business." It certainly requires an im- 
measurable amount of effort to rouse 
such a conscience. 

Frequently members of Elks and other 
lodges will mention the fact, which they 
consider to be praiseworthy and a re- 
deeming" feature of the order, that every- 
body who would join them must believe 
in a ''Supreme Being." "A person not 
believing in a Supreme Being cannot be- 
come an Elk." If that is the case, they 
are doing the thing which they most em- 
phatically declare they are not doing; 
namely, teaching religion. The founda- 
tion of every religion is the dogma of 
the God whom the adherents of various 
religions adore. Teaching a Supreme 
Being is teaching a religion, "eo ipso," 
confessing a Supreme Being is confess- 
ing a religion. Who or what is the Su- 
preme Being which the lodges profess? 
Has the true and living God, who has re- 
vealed Himself in His Word, by His 
names and works, applied unto Himself 
names and acts of such an indefinable 
nature as would justify us in applying to 
Him such an indefinable equivalent as 
Supreme Being? "I am the Lord: that 
is my name ; and my glory will I not 
give to another." Thus we read in Isaiah 

In Exodus, 32d chapter, we read how 
the Israelites worshi]^ed a golden calf, 
saying: "These are thy gods, O Israel, 
which brought thee up out of the land 
of Egypt." "And Aaron made procla- 
mation, and said, to-morrow shall be a 
feast to Jehovah." Thc\- intendl^d to 
worship the God who brought them out 
of Egy])t. But for choosing their own 
style of w(M-slii]Mng God. the Lord's 
wrath waxed hoi aijain>t them. If we 



June, 1911. 

would worship and adore the true and 
living God. it nui>t be aceording- to His 
name and His revelation which He has 
made known. "According to thy name, 
O God. so is th)- praise unto the ends of 
the earth." Professing and worshiping a 
"Supreme Being." is idolatry. To me 
this truth seems to be the A B C of 
Christianity : yet ever so many Chris- 
tians, at least church goers, seemingly 
have not the faintest conception of this 
fact, but rather imagine that thc}^ can 
worship God in whatever way they may 
choose, and to suit their own "fancy. 

\Mio is to be blamed for such igno- 
rance? I say. that, if every minister or 
preacher who has been called to preach 
the gospel would really do so, instead of 
devoting his sermons to other topics — 
e. g., politics, science, art and literature 
■ — then people would not be sO' ignorant 
and worship a ''Supreme Being." 

As a rule, the last refuge of a lodge 
man is the argument: "The lodges can- 
not be bad, since so many preachers be- 
long to them." Xo doubt, bv this aro-n- 
ment a great many weak Christians are 
entrapped by various lodges. It has al- 
ways been one of Satan's wily tricks to 
persuade men to find an excuse for their 
sins in the sins of others. Rather than 
to say, with David (Ps. 119:105,) "Thy 
word is a lamp unto ni}' feet, and a light 
unto my path," they use the fact that 
DaA'id transgressed the Lord's com- 
mandment, as a pretext for their own 
transgressions. In Matthew^ 23 we read 
that Christ warns his hearers thus : "The 
scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' 
seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid 
you observe, that observe and do ; but do 
not ye after their w^orks." But undoubt- 
edly a great man}^ preachers are sadly 
ignorant in those things which they 
should teach others. 

A young man of my congregation was 
a witness not long ago to the following 
incident : His employer was formerly a 
member of my church (Ev. Lutheran), 
but was expelled because he joined the 
lodge, and would not leave it. This gen- 
tleman was one day approached by a 
pastcTr of one of the large congregations 
of our city, and asked why he was not a 
church member. "My church expelled 
me because I joined the lodge." Pastor: 
*'I do not see why a church should do 

that ; there is nothing wrong in the lodge, 
I myself belong to several of them. I 
think it is a good thing." Well, my 
church said : "The lodge does not pray 
in the name of Jesus, and therefore re- 
jects the Son of God." Pastor: "Now, 
look here : Does not the Lutheran church 
use the Lord's prayer? and in it the name 
of Jesus is not mentioned ; therefore it is 
not ofifered in His nam.e." 

How is it possible that a preacher who 
has grown old and gray in the ministry, 
and considers it his duty to show people 
the way to salvation, can be so ignorant? 
He certainly is "a blind leader." 

Lately there has come to our city an 
organizer of what is claimed to be a new 
lodge, and the best of all — "The Royal 
Order of Lions.'" Of course every me- 
nagerie must have lions. These lions are 
undoubtedly of the same class which 
Peter warns us against, saying: "Your 
adversary the devil,' as a roaring lion, 
w^alketh about, seeking whom he may de- 

The dear Cyx^osure is a real blessing 
to many, and I confidently believe that 
we, with God's help, will win. 
Yours for the cause, 

(Rev.) Theo. Lohrmann. 

Ossian, Ind., May 16, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

I heartily commend the "prayer circle" 
to relieve the country from the oppres- 
sion of the secret lodge system. No one 
but God knows the number of prayers 
being ofi^ered in behalf of the great anti- 
secrecy movement. Clark E. Chupp. 

At the 29th annual meeting of the 
Bethlehem Orphan Asylum Association 
at New Orleans, La., (Southern Dist., 
Mo. Synod) the total receipts for the 
year reported were $14,369.43. There 
are 83 children in the Home, the largest 
number in its history. 

Love can neither be bought nor 
driven. That which goes by force or 
comes for pay, is only misnamed 

Happy is the man who will gladly 
suffer wrong to have the privilege of 
forgiving the actor, and the enjoyment 
of the blessing that follows. 

June, 1911. 






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"Jesus answered hira, — I spake openly to (ho wurld; aud in secret have I said nothing." John 18:20. 







Last month's great Republican Nation- 
al Convention recalls an interesting- fact, 
that the first National Political Conven- 
tion, for the nomination to the chief of- 
fice in our country, was held by the Anti- 
Masonic party, in September, 1830, 
which convention adjourned to meet in 
Baltimore, September, 1831, the anniver- 
sary of the abduction of Capt. William 
Morgan. At this National Convention 
William Wirt was nominated for Presi- 
dent and Amos Ellmaker for A'ice-Presi- 

The A^ezvs, of Grand Rapids, Mich., on 
I'^b. 28th published an interview with 
Charles PI. Thomas, great lieutenant 
coi.nmander of the Maccabees, in which 
lie stated : "To the best of my knovv'.cdge 
tlic statement that the expenses of the of- 
fice have been $75,5^^0 'he last y-.r.- ^. while 

tiie net gaiji in n -.inbership has been b it 
400, is true," said T'::omas "I: is ii'.ie 
Stevens added 12,000 new members to 
the order during the year, but there was 
a falling off of 11,600, so that the net 
gain is but 400. Two hundred and eighty 
lodges have suspended in the past few 

It has been pointed out locally that at. 
$75,500 lor a net gain of 400 members,. 
Li;e order has been pa}'ing $188.75 each. 


A newspaper report in a I\Ionda}' is- 
sue said: "The Forester's celebration^ 
yesterday, was the cause of more excite- 
ment than has happened for many a Sab- 
bath day, and justly so, for the meeting 
was one of the largest and most enthusi- 
astic ever held in ihis city. Over 50a 
Foresters were present in the city hall.''" 



July, 1008. 

Tlie occasion ^^'as a class initiation of al- 
most a IVnnclred new members. The may- 
or of the city, being introduced, wel- 
comed the grand officers and members, 
■expressing- also his appreciation of his 
•own membership in the Foresters. 


Sunday was the day when a New En- 
gland lodge selected hfteen men to go 
•and become members of what a newspa- 
per cp/iled a burlesque order, so that, 
after returning, they could initiate others 
in the (Oriental Order of Humility and 
Perfection i How wonderful that title 
sounds, and how exquisitely it harmon- 
izes with the adjective combination, Nc- 
ule Grand I All who join must first be 
Odd Fellows, as all who join the Arabic 
order of tlie r.Iystic Shrine, in its import- 
■ed form, must first be Masons. The 
Llaymakers constitute a similar society, 
-Tidmitting none who are not also Red 

After existing in Canada for some 
y^ears, this humble and perfect order has 
"be£:-un to infest United States territory 
as an imported pest. 


Sunday observance is growing toward 
an observance of distinctively designated 
■days, and some questions arise that are 
-disturbing. Between customs, requestjs 
sent by mail, and the aggressions of 
lodges, a pastor almost begins to wonder 
what will become of his Sundays by and 
hy. One of the most trying observances, 
to a pastor who is intelligently conscien- 
tious, is threatening to become general, 
if we read rightly the signs. Flowever, 
the shadow may be settling slowly, for 
Holyoke, Mass., a large manufacturing 
city, held its sixteenth annual observance 
■of Fraternity Sunday, May loth, when 
an audience of twelve hundred met in 
the Presbyterian church. The societies 
present included the Knights of Malta 
and the Dames of Malta, Knights of 
Pythias, Masons, Odd Fellows, the De- 
gree of Rebekah, Spanish War Veterans 
and auxiliary, Manchester Unity Odd 
Fellows and Odd Ladies, Sons of Veter- 
ans and auxiliaries, the Grand Army and 
Woman's Relief Corps, Sons of St. 

George and the Daughters of St. George, 
Caledonians and Ladies of Caledonia, 
Clan iMcClaren and Ladies of Scotia. 

]\Iiss Mary E. Woolley, successor of 
Mary Lyon of sainted memory, gave the 
address on "A Modern Interpretation of 
an Ancient Teaching." It is hardly more 
startling to find these worldly and anti- 
christian organizations making a display 
in the church suggestive of Knox and 
Calvin, and the strong orthodoxy of 
Scotland and America, than to see this 
teacher involved. In some, if not most 
of these lodges, it would at the best be 
an unlawful thing condoned, if the name 
of Jesus should chance to be used ; and 
to know this makes such a display seem 
incongruous. Many who attended church 
that day, when their lodge could be glori- 
fied, wdll likely enough attend church 
little and theater much, worship publicly 
but little if at all, yet dance in public 
places to the limit, the rest of the year. 


If angels ever weep it must be at such 
services as the one held not long since in 
New Brighton, Pennsylvania. It was 
like such services generally. It was a 
memorial service for the dead of the past 
year who had been members of the sa- 
loon lodge called ''Eagles." The first 
prayer was by Chaplain Holt. "The ad- 
dress of the afternoon was made by Rev. 
C. L. Boring, of the United Brethren 
Cliurch," who is a minister of the pro- 
lodge U. B. church, not the Radical. A 
Mason, who is also a Presbyterian and a 
teacher in the public schools, gave a talk 
on Fraternalism. The lodge Chaplain 
pronounced the benediction, after the 
singing of ''Nearer, my God, to Thee!" 

Any one who has an intelligent appre- 
ciation of what the Eagle lodge stands 
for, and what the Christian Church 
stands for, will write over such memo- 
rial services : "What communion hath 
light with darkness ? What part hath he 
that believeth with an infidel ? What 
agreement hath the temple of God with 

The work of a man may be the doing 
of little things only, yet if he does them 
well his faithfulness is no little thing. 

July, 1908. 




Address delivered in Chicago, May 22. 1008, 
by REV. A. C. DIXON. D. D., at the Animal Meet- 
ing of the 'National Christian Association. 

I was twenty-five years coming to the 
light on the question of organized se- 
crecy ; or rather, not until I was over 
twenty-five years of age did it enter my 
head that secret societies were wrong. 
When I was a boy twelve years old, I 
was inveigled into a secret order, and I 
discovered .great wickedness within it, 
and was sorry that I was in it, but attrib- 
uted the wickedness not to the secrecv, 
even indirectly, but to the characters of 
the members. 

While I was in college I joined a semi- 
secret society, was disgusted with the ini- 
tiation and so much evil in its workings, 
but it never occurred to me that secrecv 
was the cause of it. 

The first dawn of light I received was 
at a funeral in my pastorate in Asheville, 
North Carolina, when I noticed among 
the white-aproned men standing arouncl 
the casket and the grave, the dead sticks 
of my church — those so dead that they 
ought to have been buried, and the fact 
that they were not buried made their 
presence offensive. I mean that they 
were dead spiritually. They were the 
wealthier men, the more intelligent men, 

and with one exception, and he not mucii 
of an exception, the men in my church 
who didn't come to prayer-meeting, after 
whom 1 would put an interrogation point 
as to their piety, the men who in the 
community stood for the lowest possible 
t}pe of spiritual life. I said to myself 
as I left that funeral, "There is some- 
thing the matter.'' Yet it did not dawn 
u[ion me clearly that secrecy was the 
cause of the trouble ; that organized se- 
crecy w^as sapping the life out of my 
church and really destroying the u-^c ful- 
ness of these men. 

I w^ent to Brooklyn and there was in- 
veigled into a secret order. 1 didn't 
know I was joining one — they called it a 
mutual insurance society. I would be 
ashamed to describe the initiation. It 
^v•as not as bad as I have heard described 
this afternoon, but it was just as 
foolish. When I got inside and 
found, presiding over the idiotic or- 
my deacon, one of the most 
in the church, and found putting me through that sort of pro- 
ceeding, and some of the prominent 
cliurch-members with him, I felt like a 
fool, and I had half a conviction that 
they felt a little the same way. I felt I 
had lost some of my influence with these 
men by submitting to the indignities of 
that initiation — such as boys would go 
through and laugh over, but when men 
come down to them they are certainly 
iiidiQiiities, if not insults. I felt extreme- 

gies _ 


ly undignified and humiliated by the pro- 
ceeding, but that was not all. Before the 
first meeting was over, the chairman of 
the Annual Ball Committee made a re- 
]»ort and informed us that the tickets for 
the public ball were there for distribu- 
tioii, and each one of us was expected to 
distribute so man^^ and urge his friends 
to attend. "Well, well," I thought, 'T 
am in it ; I never thought I would get in- 
to a thing like this.'' So I did not have 
.'tny more sense than just to get up and 
say. 'T am not in the habit of attending 
i)ublic balls, I do not know how to to sell 
tickets to ])ublic balls ; T believe that your 
public ball is an abomination unto heav- 
en, and I cannot advise any of the mem- 
bers of my church to go." My old dea- 
con sat there and looked at me out of 



July, 1908. 

the corner of his eye, as if that was a 
sort of new revelation to him. When I 
jiad said the same thing perhaps a dozen 
times to individuals privately, I went 
home feehng a little twinge of con- 
science; and I confess 1 did not go to 
sleep quite as early as usual that night. I 
had gotten mixed up with unbelievers, 
unequally }'oked. I could not manage 
them ; they had all the 3^oke on their side, 
and they were just carrying me headlong 
hke a blind ox yoked in with them; I 
could not do a thing but kick and bellow, 
■and I did that. 

Within a few weeks I received a nicely 
printed card, announcing a progressive 
•euchre party under the auspices of that 
secret order, and inviting me and family 
.and friends to come. I sat down and 
■wrote: *'My dear sir — I do not play pro- 
g'ressive euchre ; it is gambling ; and I do 
not want my family to play it. I there- 
fore return the card." I thought that 
"Was the best testimony I could give. 

About three months afterwards anoth- 
■cr, more beautifully embossed card came, 
inviting me, and not my family, to a stag 
party. The words ''stag party" were in 
quotation marks and printed in capital 
letters. I said, "What is a stag party?" 
I found, after interpretation by one who 
Ivnew, that the stag party was a vaude- 
ville show in which women in undress 
•danced before husbands whose wives 
were at home. When I learned that, I 
sat down and wrote to the secretary of 
the lodge: "My dear sir — I don't believe 
in your balls, and I don't believe in your 
progressive euchre parties, nor your stag 
|)arties ; and as I cannot influence this 
•concern for good, I offer my resigna- 

Xow the question came up: What are 
3'ou going to do next Sunday morning? 
There is your old deacon, and there are 
twenty-five members of your church in 
that lodge — the most prominent men. 
What are you going to do ? Are you go- 
ing to compromise ? Are you going to 
flinch? I said, "Lord, I started out to 
please Thee, and I told Thee at ordina- 
tion tliat if Thou wouldst help me, I 
'\vould simply please Thee, and try to 
please nobody else as long as I live." (I 
liad broken that resolution once. I 

preached a sermon to please a dear old 
deacon, on the subject of women talking 
in public. He was opposed to it ; was 
about to leave the church with his 
wealth}' family. I thought I could sail 
betv^een Scylla and Charybdis, and satis- 
f}^ him without repelling others, and hold 
him in the church. By skillful naviga- 
tion I ran into both Scylla and Charybdis, 
and went down on a rock between the 
two. The man got so mad that he not 
only :-left my church, but left the towi^ 
and moved from Baltimore to New York. 
I said then, "Lord, if you will excuse me 
for that, I will never do it again ; I will 
try to please Thee ever hereafter.") 
Well, the next Sunday morning after I 
sent in my resignation to the lodge, I 
came before my congregation resting up- 
on God, and in as kind tones as I could 
(I am afraid they did not sound very 
kindly) I said, "Brothers, I joined a se- 
cret society, thinking I was joining an in- 
surance society. They advertised a public 
ball and made me their agent. That or- 
der had a progressive euchre party and 
wanted me as a guest ; they got up a stag 
paity to appeal to the sensual nature of 
its members. I have resigned from that 
order, and I call upon you deacons who 
are members, and every member of this 
chmxh, to revolutionize that thing or get 
out of it." 

They didn't do either. They stayed in 
it, as far as I know, and didn't even get 
mad. I have always felt that I did not 
quite do my duty. They just went along 
and smiled ; but I smiled too. I felt good 
on the inside ; I felt I had done exactly 
wnat the Lord Jesus Christ would have 
me to do. Even yet my eyes were not 
opened. I thought there was something 
the matter with the organization of that 
secret order, but that all secret orders 
surely were not bad. I held this opinion 
until I went up to Boston. I had been 
there just a few months when a tall, gray- 
headed, gray-bearded, venerable old gen- 
tleman came around to see me ; he said, 
"I have been appointed by the committee 
of our order" — the name of the order 
was so big I cannot recall it, and his offi- 
cial title was so big I cannot speak it, and 
the list of officers was so big it would tie 
up my tongue just to try them — he said, 

JrJy, 1908. 



^'1 have been authorized to invite you to 
innke the anniversary address- on Sun- 
day evening-. We will give you the big- 
:gest crowd of men you ever saw, and we 
will give you the biggest collection you 
<tver had. Our last meeting was in Trc- 
mont Temple ; we gave the largest collec- 
rlion that ever had been given at a 
Thanksgiving service, and we presented 
to the church a lectern worth ( I believe 
lie said) about six hundred dollars. We 
-will give you the best time you ever 
-saw." I was getting ready to do it. T 
:said, ''What does your order represent ?" 
■U^ told me some good things it repre- 
sented. I said, "What do you want me 
'to do?" "You talk about twenty min- 
utes." "And what are you going to do .^" 
T asked. "We will have Mr. So and So 
S^ive an address and we will have our 
band there ; we will form at the hall and 
tnarcli to the church with our band and 
Tegimentais, and we would like to have 
■seats reserved for several hundred of the 
•prominent members ; after we have ex- 
plained the object of the order, then you 
•can speak." I said, "Are you a Chris- 
tian ?' ■ He said, "Oh, no, I am not a 
Christian." "Ever been a Christian?' 
^'Yes," he said, "I was a member of a 
church down in Maine twenty-five years 
:aeo ; I have had nothins;- to do with it 
•since. I joined the church then, but I 
•soon learned that the church is not doing 
anything worth while ; the secret socie- 
ties are doing it all, and there is little 
need of any church. When you speak to 
tis you will have something worth while 
to talk about." Well, well ! I looked at 
liirn again. He struck me as a curiosity 
•on iiict. a curiosity walking around. I 
-said, "Look here, man, you want to make 
Tny rjiurch an advertising pole for your 
■society, the very object of which you tell 
iT.e is to kill my church. I will have to 
think about that." 

1 have been thinking about it ever 
-since ; I could not get over thinking about 
it, and it settled down as conviction in 
my soul, that secrecy itself was at tlie 
t)ottom of the thing, wrong in principle, 
?.nd it made wrong good men ; it turned 
them aside from deep spirituality, even 
from righteousness. 

As a result of that conversation with 

tlie lodge representative I made my maid- 
en address against secret orders, that 
I'rother Woolley this afternoon said he 
heard ; that was the first time I attempt- 
ed to s])eak on the subject in public. In 
a few months it grew on me that I ought 
to bear my testimony to my church. I 
learned that a large proportion of the 
members were members of secret orders. 
A brother told me, 'Tf you do it you will 
de]:)lete your congregation." A pastor, 
you know, likes a large congregation ; I 
rlo not remember meeting many that 
liked to scatter a crowd, and see them go 
off and never come back. I waited for 
5.everai weeks before I had the grace to 
speak out, but one Sunday evening the 
burden was so heavy upon my heart that 
I just could not help it, and I announced 
that the next Sunday evening I would 
preach on secret societies. The people 
were all there, too. They were not there 
after that. My congregation decreased 
30 per cent, perhaps 50 per cent. The 
iiext there were vacant seats, but 
I tell you, God gave us the victory all the 
same. I learned this, that it takes more 
grace to talk to the backs of pews where 
people used to sit, than it does to a crowd 
of five thousand people. I had one of 
the richest experiences of my life, ham- 
mering the gospel into the backs of pews. 
In that I did just the best I could. There 
were, to be sure, a good many people 
there to hear, but 33 per cent of my con- 
gregation was gone for at least six 

Dr. Armitage of New York said that 
he preached enough gospel into the backs 
of his pews to run three theological sem- 
inaries twenty-five years. I do not know 
why he did it, but there is a real joy in 
preaching to the backs of pews and chairs 
when you have the consciousness that 
you please God, and you can hear the 
Spirit of God singing in your soul, and 
go home and sleep well without a twinge 
of conscience. 

So far as I know, we did not lose a 
single member ; but I confess I was a lit- 
tle frightened after that first sermon. T 
am no hero. My first impulse, ^vhen I 
see danger coming, is to run. Now you 
think that is ignoble, perhaps, but I am 
talking the truth. I heard one of the 



July. 190^. 

bra^'est soldiers in the Civil ^^'ar say that 
wheji he entered battle tlie lirst impulse 
was to run. Zebnlon A'ance, who be- 
came Senator, said once, "On my first 
going- into battle, I turned over a little 
brush-heap and a big rabbit ran back and 
went over the hill. I saw the little cotton 
tail going over, and I turned around and 
said. 'Go on. ^lolly Cottontail: if it were 
not lor ni}' reputation, I would be with 
you.' '" 

Idiere is no doubt about it in the 
^vor]d ; these brave old soldiers that have 
never run, some of them have trembled 
mightily. jMy ideal of a hero is a man 
that is scared to death and won't run ; 
who just stands up and fights for God, 
with all the strength of God. A brother, 
who was a member of a secret order, 
after the evening service which depleted 
the crowd, came up to me and said, 
"Have vou got anybody to go home with 
you?" 'l said, "No." "Weh," he said, 
''1 have a company of men here to go 
with you for your protection." "Protec- 
tion from what?" I asked. "Well," he 
said, "you had better let them go with 
you." He knew; he was a member of a 
secret order, and he knew what secrecy 
did and what secrecy would do ; and he 
Vv'as afraid for me. I was ashamed to go 
w^th them. I slipped ofif and went up a 
bark street, and ran so fast that nobody 
could catch me, because I did not want 
to go home with a bodyguard. 

Thus my conviction became more set- 
tled, that there was something the matter 
with the secret orders — with organized 

i was expected to conduct the funeral 
of a young lady, a member of our Bible 
School. I went around and had a little 
bit of a service, and then there were two 
or three orders present to take charge of 
the rest of the services. They went 
through a lot of tomfoolery, that did not 
mention Jesus Christ, and had no refer- 
ence to the God that I loved ; and among 
them were some as wicked people as you 
could find in that part of the city. I 
called to pay a visit of condolence after- 
v;ards. I said to the mother of the girl, 
"Are you a Christian?'' "No," she said. 
"Do you ever go to church?" "No, I 
am a member of nine secret societies." I 

did not know there were so many as 
a.round. "Yes," she said, "I have worked 
niyself up to a high position in several 
oi them. I have no time for the church."' 
She would not admit that the Church of" 
Christ had a place on earth. "Why/' she 
said, "at one of our secret society anni- 
versaries, a few months ago, the subject 
of the orator was, 'The Church Efiete.' " 
"Which church effete?" "Every cliurch 
effete ; there is no need for the church 
any more ; the secret orders are doing the 
work." She said her husband was iit 
juember of seven orders. Sixteen secret 
orders supported by the two! and they 
were not wealthy people. 

I baptized a woman, the wife of a. 
physician, who lived just around the cor- 
ner from the church. He was one of the- 
eminent physicians of the community. I 
knew he hated the church, and did not 
love me. I knew he did not believe in the- 
I'ible. After the baptism of his wife, I 
thought I ought to call around to pay a: 
pastoral visit. I found that that man- 
was a member of twenty-one secret or- 
ders ! He told me he was, and that he- 
was high up in several of them. A mem- 
ber of twenty-one secret societies, and he- 
hated the Church, and hated the Eiblc^ 
and hated Christianity, with a hatred! 
that was cruel. He loved his wife, hon- 
ored her, respected her ; but he had no- 
use for the Bible, and no use for Chris- 
tianity. He was enthusiastic on the sub- 
ject of secret societies. 

Well, I thought, it is about time I set- 
tled this matter of secrecv. So I turned! 
to my Bible, and began to investigate,, 
and tried to find out the foundation. Per- 
haps my first discovery was that there 
are some things mentioned in the Bible 
that are secret, and ought to be, in the 
sense that they are private. We ought 
to go sometimes in secret — certainlv not 
with a view to publicity. "Let not your 
left hand know what your right hand do- 
eth." There is such a thing as secret 
prayer ; you close your door and are ;shut 
up with God ; you pray in secret and the 
Father will reward openly. There i.?- 
such a thing as secret fasting; let 3'our 
fasting be with God — between you an'i' 
God, not between you and your fellows^ 
But in the cases of giving, and prajingf^ 

July, 1008. 



snd fasting, there is no real secrecy ; it is 
jv-rivacy, really. If you were to organize 
for the purpose of making prayer, and 
of fasting, and of giving, secretly, you 
would publish them by the very fact of 
_your organization. 

The difference between secrecy and 
privacy is this : A home is private, but 
not secret, in the technical sense ; that is, 
you are not compelled to swear to con- 
'Ceal the things which take place in the 
;home. A secret organization is a so- 
•cicty of men or women that have sworn 
not to divulge anything that is done, or 
xevealed to them, in secret sessions. 

Things can be private without being 
^secret. There is no secret oath about 
praying, or about fasting, or about giv- 
ing, or about the family. That was the 
iirst thino- that struck me. 

The next thing that struck me was 
this: that organized secrecy is opposed 
to the tenets of Christianity. Christian- 
ity is revelation, not concealment. Je- 
.6US said, 'T am the Light of the world." 
It is the mission of light to reveal, not ro 
conceal. Jesus said that what we hear in 
secret we should proclaim upon the 
housetops. "Well," I said to myself, "if 
that is true, no man has a right to keep 
3. truth secret that is good for the world." 
No man has a right to put under lock and 
"key what is good for humanity. No man 
;has a right to put into a back room, and 
just give out to a little coterie of special 
favorites, what he knows is good for all 
men. That is sinful. It is opposed to 
the genius of Christianity. Christianity 
would make us good, and then teach us 
to do good to all the rest. 

And then, certainly no man has a right 
to keep secret what is bad, just for the 
:sake of keeping it secret. If it is bad, it 
•ought to be revealed; and if kept secret, 
it will be to his hurt. 

Then I notice this: the spirit of caste. 
That is contrary to the genius of Chris- 
tianity. I have been reading of caste in 
India and in China, and missionaries tell 
-us that the greatest obstacle to Christian- 
-ity, in some heathen countries, is caste. 
A certain class of people think they are 
"better than other folks, and they call on 
•each other and despise everybody else. 
"The workings of secrecy are marked by 

the same spirit, the spirit of caste. You 
will find it in the public schools right 
here in Chicago now. I want to say that 
I praise God for the stand that the 
school commissioners have taken when 
they say that the secret societies shall be 
abolished in the public schools. That de- 
cision has been given lately. Our public 
schools are divided up into little cliques 
which are reproducing the Asiatic caste 
spirit. Boys and girls will not associate 
with others just because they do not be- 
long to their secret order that has some 
little pass-word and grip. Idiat is op- 
posed to the spirit of Christianity, not 
only in the public schools, but in colleges 
and in society everywhere. 

I find another thing : that organized se- 
crecy is opposed to organized Christian- 
ity. Christ said, ''Upon this rock I v:ill 
build my church, and the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it." The mo^it 
important organization on this earth is 
the Church of Jesus Christ. In my esti- 
mate it is more important than govern- 
ment. I mean the general organization 
of the Church. The spirit that antago- 
nizes the Church of Christ is the spirit 
of the devil ; and so far as I can see, the 
spirit of secrecy is antagonistic to organ- 
ized Christianity. Not that every man in 
a secret order is not a Christian ; but if 
he remains a Christian, it will be in spite 
of the things about him. Some men have 
stamina enough to go into a secret order 
and retain their Christian convictions and 
integrity; but if they do it, it is against 
the influence that surrounds them in the 

I notice a third thing: that organized 
secrecy is opposed to free government. 
In a country where there is a tyrant rul- 
ing, where a coterie of bad people man- 
age affairs, there might be some possible 
excuse for the secret order that opposes 
tyranny; but the genius of our govern- 
ment is cauoht bv Bartholdi — the face of 
his statue of "Liberty Enlig'htening the 
World" is the face of a mother. God 
does not want the light put under a bush- 
el, and he does not want any secret so- 
cieties controlling political aft'airs. The 
great reason given to a man why iie 
should join a secret order is that it will 
help him politically, sczially, and linan- 


July, 1008; 

cially. You never heard any one say, 
"Join the secret order and you will be a 
blessino- to voiu" countr^^ to humanity." 
Xo : it is "Join the secret order and you 
will be helped by it." There is no ap- 
peal to nobility, but simply to the selfish- 
ness that would seek to get something 
out of somebody else. Organized se- 
crecy is opposed to the genius of free 

I find, in the next place, that organized 
secrecy is opposed to God's method of 
salvation. Now that may startle some. 
]f you examine the books that give an 
exposure of the secret orders, you will 
find that Christ is not mentioned. That 
is the one thing that kept me out of Ma- 

r\Iy dear old father is a Mason, anrl 
when I was a boy, though he never asked 
me to join, he kept intimating that it was 
a very good thing to be in the Masonic 
lodge. I don't think that he has attend- 
ed a lodge for thirty-five or forty years ; 
he is one of the silent sort. There are a 
good many of the silent sort, who have 
taken a wicked oath and think now that 
it is better to be silent and not to break 
their oath. I tell you, when yoti take an 
oath on the devil's altar yoti wotild bet- 
ter break it just as quick as you can, and 
take the oath upon God's altar. An oath 
to do a wicked thing is in itself wicked, 
and the sooner you break a wicked oath 
all to pieces the more it pleases God. I 
believe that Charles G. Finney did the 
right thing. When he got into Masonry 
and found it w^as wrong, he came out 
and exposed it, and protested against it, 
in the name of God. I believe it is right 
for a to break a contract with hell 
just as soon as possible, and to display 
it to the world. 

Secrecy is against God's way of salva- 
tion. That kept me out of Masonry. I 
learned that I could not take Jesus into 
the first degree ; and then I learned that 
I could not take Him into the second de- 
gree — there was nothing about Him 
there — and I could not take Him into the 
third degree. And then I learned that 
He is left out of all the first seven de- 
grees, in order that infidels and tnibe- 
lievers may go that far in Masonry. 
Somehow I v/as j^-^^^^ simple enough not 

to know how to go anywhere without 
Jesus. I do not expect to go into heaven 
without Him, and there is no place on 
earth that I want to go into, where I can- 
not take Jesus Christ with me. I do not 
want to have anything to do with any- 
thing that Jestis Christ cannot occupy 
from top to bottom, and which is not ac- 
cording to Him in every fibre of its struc- 
ture. There is no salvation through the 
blood, so far as I have been able to find,, 
in secret orders. They recognize "the 
god of nature," which is not explained- 
There is no god of natiu'e except Jesus 
Christ — ^"all things were made by Him,, 
and without Him was not anything made 
that was made." He was in the begin- 
ning with God, and He was God, and' 
when you talk about the god of natiu;e 
without reference to Christ, yoti are talk- 
ing about an idol, a mythical god. Jesus 
Christ reveals the only God in the uni- 
A^erse, and vvhen you have rejected Christ 
you have rejected the only real God there 
is ; and if you take any other, you have 
taken an idol. 

And then I found I could not go into- 

a secret order because of some of the 

oaths they administer. My, my, it makes 

your blood curdle ! I read one of them 

which said that if you shotild reveal any- 

thinof that was commtmicated to vou, vou 

should be willing to have your tongue 

torn otit and buried at low v;ater down j^y 

the sea side; and in another oath, if you 

revealed anything that was made known 

to you, yoti should be willing to have 

your heart ])lticked out and given as a 

prey to the fowls of the air. Well now,- 

if that is business somebody has to do 

it ; and when a secret order swears a man 

that he is to have his tongue pulled out 

and his heart cut out, they expect every 

man there to do it when they tell him to ^ 

and I tell you some of them do do it, in 

substance. There is no doubt about that ; 

I am as clear on tliat as 1 could be. I 

talked with one man about it, and he said^ 

'That doesn't mean anything. Of course 

we go through that form, but it does not 

mean anything." 'Tt doesn't? Well, if it 

doesn't mean anything, you are guilty of 

the vilest blasphemy that a man could 

ever be guilty of — if you swear to da 

something that is terrible and mean noth- 

July, 1908. 


iiig by it. If you mean what you say, 
you are a murderer; if you mean noth- 
ing, you are a blaspliemer." Either case 
is not a very attractive picture. 

So 1 decided not to go in. I didn't see 
liow I could. 

And then again, I found that in a cer- 
tain secret order they take an oath that 
they will stand by each other in every- 
thing, murder and treason excepted. Ev- 
erything except murder and treason ! 
x\nd then in a degree above that they 
swear that they will stand by every one 
of their members, murder and treason 
jiot excepted. Now I say that a society 
like that is a menace to society, and a 
inenace to the government, and a menace 
to good morals, and a menace to life, and 
a menace to everything that is true and 
pure and uplifting. 

I believe Dr. Blanchard said that God 
is working like the dew and like the light, 
manufacturing lightning. It takes light 
to make lightning. It is tlie light that 
lifts the clouds. It is the light that forges 
the thunderbolt. It is the dew and the 
light \vorking together— jthese influences 
of prayer and education that you are 
scattering here and there — by these are 
being forged gradually thunderbolts of 
power ; and the thunderbolt falls with a 
crash, never gradually ; it does not work 
slowly, it moves with tremendous rapid- 
ity. I have been down South where the 
lightning is flashing and the thunder bel- 
lowing so you have to shut your eyes and 
it makes you tremble. It is hitting the 
saloons and hitting the saloon business, 
and the same is going to take place in 
regard to all evil institutions. I do not 
know how long it will take, but God's 
way is to work slowly, quietly — like the 
dew, like the light — until lie gets His 
thunderbolt ready. There will not be anv 
evils in the millennium. I will 
that secret societies will be cleaned uj) 
quickly. God may be pleased to clean 
that evil up now, as lie did slavery and 
as He is cleaning up tlie liquor business ; 
hut I am willing to be patient, and be 
happy with God, who bringeth in the 
light and the dew in order that He may 
strike when the time comes. 


Harrison, Ark., lune lo, loaS. 
Air. AV. I. Phillips: 

Dear Sir : In my letter written pre- 
vious to your Convention I said that 
President Blanchard's letter had, to my 
mind, flrst place in the May number of 
the Cynosure, but in the June number it 
is impossible to say which takes first 
place, as it is all first and no second place 
in it. 

The Seceders' Conference was surely 
grand ; and when reading over the sec- 
end time the testimony of W. H. Boles, 
I could not keep back the tears — tears of 
sorrow and deep regret that along in the 
early 70's in Chicago I was not a Chris- 
tian, and had not the blessed privilege of 
hearing some such man as J. P. Stoddard 
or some other servant of God denounce 
and expose Freemasonry. 

I knew that there is no secret in it, but 
yet I was wedded to its lodge sociability, 
and did my best to retain my position as 
a popular and well-posted Mason. But 
the Lord cared for me, whether or no I 
cared for Him, and He graciously led 
me out of it in His own due time, and 
now one of my chief regrets is that since 
1875 I i^ave not worked for Him as 
steadily and as faithfully as I ought. But 
during these fast closmg days, broken in 
health and living in this^ heathenish 
place, I can truly say, 'The Lord is mv 
Shepherd, I shall not want." Psalm 21,. 

God is surely blessing and shall contin- 
ue to bless the efiforts of the N. C. A., 
but the personal coming of the Lord is 
the world's only hope, and which alone 
will destroy every evil. Oh, that Lie 
come soon. In Him, E. Ronayne. 

Arise and toil in Jesus' strength: 
Our God is true! fruit shall appear 

The glories of the Upper World 
Depend on faithful labor here. 

— M. Waterburv. 

It is no sin to be rich, but when a rich 
man hoards his tren^ures as a miser or 
squanders them to gratify the flesh he 
is a sinner. 

To be near to God is life. 

The heart of all reform is the reform 
of the heart. 


July, 1908. 


the ^^■elI-kno^vTl colored evangelist and 

philanthropist, of Harvey, Illinois, spoke 

as follows : 

I have had two husbands. Both of 

Iheni were members of secret orders — 

the Oddfellows 
and Freemasons. I 
wa'^ greatly in sym- 
pathy with them 
for many years. Of 
course a wife is in 
sympathy with 
what her husband 
i does. A woman is 
in sympathy with 
everything that her 
husband does that 
is right, and some- 
times with things 
that are wrong, 
and that she knows 
is her husband, 
I thought lodges were 



are wrong, but 
A'ou know. So 
a great thing in those days, and I never 
would have seen differently had it not 
been that God led me by His Holy Spirit 
to seek a deeper knowledge of Himself. 
I think just in proportion as good men's 
and women's eyes are opened to the al- 
mightiness of Jesus Christ, they are wil- 
ling to let go of these other things which 
fill up their lives but which do not sat- 
is f}-. 

There was a certain part of my life 
when I thought, other people joined se- 
cret societies and made great spreads 
f3'0U know how my people like to do 
that), and I felt it was right to be up to 
date, with the bright regalia and all this 
kind of thing. So I allied myself with 
lodges. But v.dien the Lord opened my 
eyes, and I began to see the ridiculous- 
ness of it, and how the Lord Jesus Christ 
could fill all your being, and take all of 
that love for show and tinsel out of it 
and put something in that was lasting 
and tangible — when I found that out, 
then I went to work to readjust myself, 
and to loosen myself, and to throw off 
some of these things that I had been tie<l 
by, and I found it was very difficult. I 
talked to m.y friends — I thought that was 
the thing to do ; I went to my society, and 
they ridiculed the idea of my leaving it. 

"The idea! Why, what do yon mean?' 
We are just preparing to make you some 
big officer, and it will be such a pity, and. 
you have paid so much in, and you ought 
to go on with the society." It was very 
hard for me to make them see that I was 
honest in my convictions as to the way 
God was leading me; they could not see 
it at all, and they really thought I was 
getting a little off my base, a little un- 
balanced. They complained about the 
way I did, and, you know, it hurt me, it^ 
cost me something, because many of 
these people were my dear friends, asso- 
ciated in the church with me, and in var- 
ious departments of Christian work; I 
had great respect for their honesty ancL 
integrity in every way, and when they 
began to cut me and kind of shun me^ 
well, it was very hard. You know how 
you can do a good deal and not have to 
say anything. My, how it did hurt mel' 
but I kept on believing God and follow- 
ing Him as the light came that He gave 
me, and by the help of God I got a kind 
of independence that lifted me above it,. 
and I got to where, by the grace of God,. 
I did not care, and I got through, and I 
got out of the whole thing. 

You know, in doing woriv — say for in- 
stance the work the Lord has given me to 
do lately, that is, taking care of my Col- 
ored Orphans' Home — it is surprising^ 
how difficult it is to get people, especially 
men, who are not tied up with some- 


I am feeling it as I never felt it 

before. When you are associated with 
people that are tied hand, foot and soul,- 
it is tremendous, for it is up-hill work 
and against the wind all the time. You 
cannot feel the power of the Spirit of the 
Lord unless you are free. 

I am so glad that Jesus knows all" 
about these things, that He is able to de- 
liver. I am glad that a few people see- 
somewhat alike in this secret society- 
question. I think this antisecrecy move- 
ment is something like the prohibition' 
movement. A few years ago prohibition 
was away down the hill, rolling over, and' 
crawling, and tumbling about, but it has 
got on its feet, and is running now. I am 
thankful to-day to believe that this great 
movement of antisecrecy is something' 
like that. It is getting on its feet ; it will' 

Juiy, 1008. 



^et to running after a while. I am look- 
ing for wonderful things to come to pass 
through this antisecrecy organization — 
one of the organizations that are work- 
ing; for the glory of God and the salva- 
tion of men. 

May the Lord bless the National Chris- 
tian Association. 


JVIan Suffers From Injuries Sustained 
While Being Initiated. 

Noblesville, Iiid., March 23. — Charles Kas- 
:«ubaiim, aged 21, is critically ill at his home 
near this city from blood poisoning, the re- 
sult of an accident that occurred >yhile he 
was being initiated into the I. O. O. F. lodge. 
During the secret work a gas pipe containing 
-powder exploded. The fire shot out of the 
wrong end of the pipe, severely burning one 
■of Kassabaum's legs. But little attention 
.was paid to the accident at the time, but 
complications have arisen that make his re- 
covery doubtful. 

It is understood that Kassabaum was being 
carried by several men when the explosion 
occurred. The flash frightened them and 
they let the candidate fall. It is now said 
that the young man is suffering from internal 
injuries resulting from the fall. 

The above item was published in the 
Indianapolis Star of March 24, and 
again shows only too vividly how fool- 
ish, and in many cases how hazardous, 
the lodge initiation is for a candidate. 
That this is not the only case of this 
kind in the State of Indiana, or the 
worst case that has happened in an Odd 
Fellows' lodgeroom, has been proven 
more than once. The reason that not 
more of the brutal and injurious initia- 
tion work of the lodges comes to light 
in the newspapers is, because the candi- 
date is, either forcibly or "gently," per- 
suaded to keep his mouth shut. Another 
reason is because plenty of money is 
generally used to hush such things iu3, 
and also because the newspapers of this 
country pander and cater to the lodges 
and their works of darkness. 

If every man who applies for admis- 
:sion into any lodge, be it Masonry, Odd- 
ifellowship or even sensual and alcoholic 

Elkdom, knew what a fool he 
would be made, and that perhaps 
his bones might be broken and his 
body bruised, under the guise 
of initiation and admission into a grand 
and sublime organization, he would rise 
in his manhood and throw off the shack- 
les of Satanic delusion, and join hands 
with those who arc seeking to open the 
eyes of our rising generations and show 
them that all this lodge business is mere 
mockery and tomfoolery and will finally 
cud Lip in hell. Any one who has any 
pride for his person will not enter such 
an organization, to be blindfolded and 
maltreated with a piece of gaspipe load- 
ed with power, and be made the 
laughingstock of all his "good lodge 
bretlr.-en," but he will go to those meet- 
ings which are free and open, without 
any initiation, where the body is not in- 
jured and where the soul will be bene- 
fited. He will go to the house of the 
Lord and learn of Christ, the Savior of 
the world, in whose blood alone there is 
forgiveness and life eternal. — Rev C 
W. iJaer. 

Growth a Slow Process. 

Dear Fathers and Brethren : 

(3nce more I have the privilcGfe of ad- 
dressing you regarding the great work 
in which we are all interested. Growtli 
is always, or at least usually, uncon- 
scious. This is true not only of our 
todies, but of our souls; and not only 
of individuals, but of organizations and 
movements. The analogy between the 
physical and the spiritual is quite com- 
plete. While all growth is unconscious, 
there are alternating periods in living 
beings. For a long time we find it dif- 
ficult to see progress, and then in an 
hour, as it were, great advances are made. 
Boys and girls for a time seem as if 
they never would be anything else ; and 
at last, in a few months, they shoot up 
into men and women. 

No man can fix the time when infanti- 
cide became unlawful in the highest civ- 



July, 1008. 

ilizations. No man can tell precisely when 
it became discreditable to kill slaves, or 
to allow aged parents to die withont care. 
The whole growth of Christian civiliza- 
tion has been divided between these long 
periods of apparent moral sleep, and 
brief periods of upheaval and progress. 

The conscience of the American na- 
tion protested against slavery for more 
than one hundred }'ears. Five years be- 
fore slavery was abolished — two years, 
even one year — no man could tell when 
it should go. There was no darker day 
for the friends of freedom in our coun- 
try than the years of '57, '58 and '59. 
Tlien came the great national agitation; 
and finally, before we knew it was to 
vanish, the end was at hand. 

V\'e have another instance of the same 
sort in the present attitude of the pub- 
lic toward the liquor trade. For nearly 
one hundred years we have been prophe- 
sying against that iniquity. For the last 
dozen years we have seemed to be in 
a period of reaction. It has been a dis- 
heartening time, but the last six months 
have been a time of wonderful encour- 
agement. It has seemed as if the end 
were at hand: and we have occasion to 
anticipate not so many years of appa- 
rently unsuccessful labor as have passed. 
Business corporations have been convert- 
ed ; great church organizations have ceas- 
ed to apologize for the liquor busi- 
ness; they have ceased, apparently, to 
fear it as they did ; it is certain that they 
speak out against it; and we have rea- 
son to hope that this infamy, with all 
its attendant evils, will shortly be a thing 

of the past. 

More than Seven Thousand. 

When Elijah was lamenting the fact 
that the prophets, aside from himself, 
were all dead, the Lord rebuked his de- 
pression and fear by saying to him, "1 
have a great number of true witnesses of 
whom you do not know." It was even 

so. They were hidden in out-of-the-way 

places — some of them in dens and caves 

of the earth ; but they were true-hearted, 

and when the time came they appeared 

and delivered their testimony. The great 

cause moved on. 

There came to my desk, .this week, two< 

papers, one printed in Philadelphia, the 
other in Boston; one devoted to the in- 
terests of the Catholic church, the other 
an advocate of evangelical Christianity 
without sectarian affiliations. Both of 
these papers contained articles on secret 
societies. One of them covered a full 
page and more — perhaps a page and a 
half ; the other almost a page. The ar- 
ticle in the Catholic paper was a defense 
of that church against the charge that 
it was itself a vast secret society. The 
writer, who is a rather prominent clergy- 
man, denied the charge, and affirmed 
that the only real secrecy connected with 
the Catholic church had to do with the 
confessional. Incidentally he shows 
that secrecy is always evil. He distin- 
guishes clearly between the lawful pri- 
vacy of honorable living, and the unlaw- 
ful secrecy of secret organizations. He 
says that secret societies demand obedi- 
ence, and enforce it by fear. ''The Heart 
with the Dagger Aimed at It,'' he says, 
is often a prominent and suggestive sym- 
bol in the halls of secret societies. It 
is this "Blind Obedience" that introduces 
a disturbing element into the government 
of men. He says that in this world there 
are but Caesar and Christ ; in other words, 
the state and the church. All must be 
subject to them; and of them it is true, 
"He that is not with me is against me." 
''The affairs of secret societies arc not 
open for the investigation of either state 
or church. These societies are a law unto 


The writer speaks of the sin of Merod. 

The king swore that he would give the 

daughter of Herodias what she should 

July, 1908. 


I i 

ask. He did not dream that she would 
ask him to be a m.urderer; but he be- 
came one — and became one because of 
his j'path. . : And the objectionable thing 
about his oath was, that it was liable to 
call for that crime or any other. He re- 
minds us again of the murder of Dr. 
Cronin, a murder planned and executed 
by nien prominent in society, men who 
would naturally shudder at the thought 
of murder, but who were made murder- 
ers by the lodge to which they be- 

The Lodges and the Church. 
This writer speaks of the claim of the 
lodges to humanitarian work — the visit- 
ing of the sick, the burial of the dead, 
the feeding of the hungry, and the re- 
lieving of the widow and orphan. But 
quoting the advocate of the lodge to 
whom he replies, he uses this remark- 
able sentence, ''How much would I give 
if not reminded of it by my oath?" This 
suggests one topic of my last month's 
letter, *'A Compulsory Benevolence." 
That is, the writer says, 'T would not 
give unless I had sworn to; because I 
have sworn to, I will." This makes the 
oath of the secret society superior to the 
law of God — superior even to the dic- 
tates of humanity. And while profess- 
ing to practice the Christian rehg'ioh, and 
perhaps quoting the wprd of God, "Pure 
religion and undefiled before God and 
the Father is this, To visit the fatherless 
and widows in their affliction," he direct- 
ly affirms that he would not keep this 
law, do this thing, except that his oath 
compelled him. Of course a man who 
has this spirit in him is not a Chris- 
tian. A Christian is one who does the 
will of God from the heart. One who 
professes to do the will of God, and 
with the same breath declares that he 
would not do it unless a secret society 
had obligated him to that effect, is evi- 
dently not a Christian at all. 

Religion Does Not Amount to Anything, 

This same Catholic writer, referring 
to the Masonic friend whom he quotes, 
transcribes these words: "IVlien a Man 
Goes Through Alasojiry, Religion Does 
not Amount to Anything." That is to 
say, the Christian religion does not 
amount to anything. This Masonic 
writer does not himself know that he is 
a disciple of a heathen faith, that he is 
worshiping at the altar of Satan, and that 
the very spirit which he exhibits in his 
eulogy of the lodge, shows that he has 
not the Spirit of Christ. This Catholic 
writer says very forcefully, 'AH that 
has ever been said against secret so- 
cieties, and all that ever will be alleged 
against them, may be summed up in 
these words of our Lord: ''Men loved 
darkness rather than light, because "their 
deeds were evil. For every one that 
doeth evil hateth the light, neither com- 
eth to the light, lest his deeds should be 

The position of this Catholic writer is 
eminently sane. Every thoughtful Pro- 
testant, who has studied the subject, 
can echo it all. And it is interesting to 
see, as I have repeatedly reminded you, 
that in the editorial discussions and the 
newspaper articles on the subject of high 
school fraternities, every principle which 
lias been affirmed by us in the arguments 
of forty years, is declared to be unques- 
tionably true respecting the high school 
lodges. Some persons do not seem to 
understand as yet, that the evils wrought 
by the high school societies are exactly 
like the evils wrought in other secret 
associations. But this also will be clear 
in time, and we can wait to see the case 
grov^^ ■...•... - 

Two or Three Witnesses. 

The other article is written by a mem- 
ber of the Society of Friends — a society 
which perhaps might be considered the 
antipode of the Romish church. But 


July, 1908. 

while his article is not so long, and does 
not deal with the foundation principles 
so full}',, the testiniony is, on the whole, 
precisel}- the same. Some one had writ- 
ten to a religious weekly, inquiring as 
follows : "What opinion do Protestant 
ministers hold as to secret societies? Do 
thev regard them as inimical to Chris- 
tianity?'' The religious weekly replied: 
*'\\q cannot answer for the whole body 
of Protestant ministers. We should 
think, however, that very few regard 
them as inimical to Christianity. Many 
ministers belong to such societies and 
liold office in them. They are eminent 
and godly men, who certainly would re- 
pudiate the societies, and give up their 
iriembership, if they found them to be 
opposed to Christianity." 

The writer, criticising the editor, says 
he should have informed his readers that 
multitudes of ministers and of other good 
men, who had been entrapped by these 
lodges, have left them. He quotes Pres- 
ident Charles G. Finney, of Oberlin Col- 
lege, who, speaking of his conversion, 
said : ''My new life instinctively and 
irresistibly recoiled from any fellowship 
with what I then regarded as 'unfruit- 
ful v.'orks of darkness.' " He also quotes 
the great evangelist, D. L. Moody, who 
advised all Christians to get out of the 
lodge, and who said to preachers, 'Tf 
men will not hear you because you preach 
the truth against lodges, let them go. 
God will fill their places with better 
men. When they are converted they may 
return."' The writer speaks of the views 
of Rev. R. A. Torrey, Rev. George C, 
Needham, Dr. Pentecost, and others, all 
01 whom have repeatedly and publicly 
condemned these secret organizations. 

This gentleman, writing to the re- 
ligious weekly, was disappointed that 
the editor made no rc^ly, either by pri- 
vate letter or by placing the informing 

note before his readers. The managing 
editor and proprietor was then appealed 
to, but it appears that the paper still de- 
clined to live up to its program and con- 
tinued the conspiracy against the light. 
The writer, however, in the Boston pub- 
lication quotes from a bishop of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, who wrote 

him on this subject as follows : 

*T am obliged for your letter re- 
ceived this morning. ... I 
simply desire to say that I think 
you have discovered [in treating 
of the adaptation made of the prin- 
ciple of secrecy] a truth which has 
a great deal of influence in explain- 
ing facts which we deplore. I 
ought to state to you that / am 
myself a Freemason, although I 
liave not attended a meeting or had 
any t hi Jig to do until the order for 
over thirty years. I entered it 
when, as a young man, I was in 
])ursuit of other young men in the 
interests of religion. When I com- 
plained to such young men that they 
failed to attend church, they would 
answer me, 'We already belong to 
a religious order, and we attend 
service at its Temple.' I desired 
to be able to say to them, T know 
all about that, for I am a Mason 
myself, and can tell you both how 
inferior it is to the church, and how 
inadequate is the worship.' I was 
thus able to get some influence over 
these young men, and to point 
them to something higher. . . 
As I have grown older, I have he- 
come ratliet' more suspicious of all 
these orders, and it may well be 
that your dislike might be justified 
if we knew the absolute truth about 
them. / should be glad to see all 
secret orders abolished on the 
ground that tliey are all poor imi- 
tations of the Church of Christ, and 
are uiore or less inimical to its true 
progress." (Italics ours.) 

h^ollowing the letter from the bishop, 
he gives an extract from another letter 
which is equally decisive, and reads as 
follows : 

July, 1908. 



''I love God's dear children of 
every name, but there are so many 
of them tied np to these Christless 
institutions. Brother, believe me, 
one of the [;reatest hindrances to 
our gospel preachers of to-day is, 
they are under bondage to these 
lodges. While I pray for wisdom 
from God to deal with them, and 
when to speak, yet I have no sym- 
pathy with them, and God generally 
lets me give my testimony against 
them. And yet I always pray that 
the Lord will let me do it in such 
a way that all can see it is in love. 
This world is dying for Gospel 
witnessing in love, and many of the 
saints of God are leaving them 
[the secret orders] and witnessing 
against them, yet I wish more men 
who have been delivered from them 
were brave enough to testify 
against them. Since Christ came in 
my life with the fullness of grace, 
I see so much the need of what- 
ever we do to do it in the love of 
Tesus, with a tender, compassionate 

We ought to be thankful that so many 
good men are disposed to bear their tes- 
timony, and that they still have access 
to the public. We may rest assured that 
in due time we shall reap from all our 
sowing, if we faint not. 
A Sad Case. 

I was yesterday walking in the rain 
down Dearborn street in Chicago. As 
I was passing the Great Northern Hotel, 
a gentleman whom I did not recognize 
came up and offered his hand to me. 
I looked at him inquiringly, and he said, 
''Oh, well, you do not have to speak to 
me unless you want to, but I shouldn't 
think you would want to turn down an 
old friend this way." I said, 'Tardon me, 
sir, but I do not know you." *'Well," 
he said, "I know you. I have been the 
conductor on your train for eleven 
years." I said to him, ''That is quite 
possible, but I do not know how that 
is. What can I do for you?" "Well," 

he said, "I need seventy-two cents to- 
pay charges on some baggage that be- 
longs to my wife. I want to get it sa 
that I can go home" with her. I have 
eighty-four dollars coming to me to- 
morrow, and I will come around to your 
office and give you the money." Mean- 
while he was industriously giving me the 
grip of the Master Mason. I said to 
him, ''Why are you giving me this Mas- 
ter Mason's grip? Are you a Mason?" 
"Oh, yes, I am a Mason." "Well," I 
said, 'T am not a Mason, and I do not 
know why you should give me this Ma- 
son's grip." "Well," he said again, 
"give me the money anyway ; I need the 
money." I said, "No. You have been 
drinking, and if I sliould give you money 
you would drink some more. So I can- 
not give you any money." "Well," he 
said, "you can give me ten cents, any- 
way. If I had ten cents I could go 
honie with my wife." I said to him, 
"That would be one whisky, or two 
beers ; and I have no right to pay money 
to the saloonkeepers. If you know me, 
you know that all my life I have been 
warring against the saloons ; and I have 
no right to take God's money and give it 
to them through you." He swore, four 
or five times, that if I would let 
him have ten cents, he would not spend 
a penny of it for liquor, but would go 
right home. I said, "No, I do not dare 
to trust you. You are drunk now, and 
you want money to drink some more." 
I said, "Did the Masons teach you to 
drink?" "Oh, no, the Alasons did not 
teach me to drink." I said, "I don't 
know. Many men learn to drink liquor 
in the lodges. Perhaps you did. But at 
all events, I do not dare to give you any 
money while you are in this condition. 
I am sorry for you, and wish that you 
might become a real Christian instead of 
a Freemason. Then you would not be 
drinkinof whiskv." 



July, 1908. 

I was reminded by this incident of 
one which occurred in Jersey City, 
X. T.. many years ago. 1 was lecturing in 
the Second United Presbyterian church, 
and was guest with Dr. Robert Arm- 
strong, a great-souled child of God who 
lias now gone to rest. I was very fully 
and candidly reported in the Jersey City 
E-Z'cuiiig Journal, or some paper of about 
that name. 1 said to Dr. Armstrong, 
"I would like to meet this reporter." He 
said, "He is a Freemason, but I will be 
dad to introduce vou." Meeting him, 
I said, "I am surprised that you report 
me so intelligently and so honestly, as 
I have been told that you are a Free- 
mason." "Weh," he said, '1 suppose I 
am. But I don't care much for Free- 
masonry. No man has ever introduced 
himself to me as a Mason without asking 
for a cjuarter to get a drink." 

As I remarked in my last letter, evils 
are akin. One is naturally associated 
with another; and when we fight the 
battle which we are waging against 
lodges, we are also warring against 
liquor shops, gambling dens, brothels, 
race tracks, and all other inicjuities that 
destroy the souls of men. So let us be 
of good courage, and push forward. 
Sincerely and fraternally yours, 
Charles A. Blanchard. 


One Head for Both the Political and Re= 
ligious Masonry of the World. 

Secrecy guards the door to every 
scheme of deception. It shielded the in- 
fant rebellion in the South until it devel- 
oped into a gigantic war. Anarchists, 
assassins and thugs of every description 
are indebted to secrecy for success in 
their hideous business. "Secrecy and si- 
lence" are jew^els Commended to the En- 
tered Apprentice on his ''first admission 
to a lodge of Freemasons." It is the 
Alpha to an ingeniou ■ " constructed and 
thoroughly organized body of men only. 

The perfection of this system is de- 

pendent upon a siiii^^Ie person invested 
with absolute authority to wield the en- 
tire structure. The Papacy does obei- 
sance to this law of climax by proclaim- 
ing the ''Pope, Vicar of Christ" on earth 
liolding the key to heaven. It is a fixed 
law in the nature of every despotic sys- 
tem, and is readily traced in the Masonic, 
order from the first to the last step in its 
progress. In the Scottish, which is the 
ruling Rite, there is not a missing link 
from the first to the thirty-third degree, 
as may be learned from its official docu- 
ments and accredited publications. 

Until a comparatively recent date the 
Supreme Council has been the Ultima 
Thule of the system, so far as known Lo 
the uninitiated. An English student o\ 
the mysteries has penetrated to the deep- 
er depths of the structure and there dis- 
covered the one thin^- needful to com- 
plete an absolute despotism. The ac- 
count given by this author bears the 
marks of authenticity as the result of 
careful and thorough research. It is too 
extended for insertion, even in abridged 
form, but the gist of the whole case is 
given in two short paragraphs, on pages 
211 and 212 in his work entitled, "The 
X Rays in Freemasonry," 1904, as fol- 
lows : 

Two Sovereigns. 

"Albert Pike, Sovereign Grand Com- 
mander of the entire ancient and accept- 
ed Scottish Rite, whose chief seat was 
at Charlestown in the United States, and 
Mazzini were in correspondence about 
the division of Masonic power. It was 
finally agreed that Albert Pike should be 
Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Masonry, 
and Mazzini Sovereign Chief of Politi- 
cal Action. This assumption of the title 
Sovereign Pontiff * * "^ is dated 
24th Sept., 1870. '^" "^^ -^ Andriano 
Lemmi succeeded Mazzini as Sovereign 
Chief of Political Action at Rome, and 
on the death of Albert Pike in 1891 the 
Sovereign Grand Pontificate passed from 
Charlestown to Rome." 

In the coronation of Adriano Lemmi. 
Sovereign Pontiff' and Sovereign Chief 
of Political Action, the Masonic structure 
is complete and ready for action. Its en- 
tire force may be directed to any particu- 
lar point by the command of a single per- 

July, 1008. 



f^on, who, like the Pope, is Sovereign 
Pontiff over each and all of his loyal 
■subjects. Thus it appears that a more 
perfect despotism does not exist, nor can 
a more complete instrument for enforc- 
ing the decrees of a despot be conceived. 
It includes the political and religious held 
and covers the entire arena of liuman ac- 

— Extracts from article by Rev, J. P. 
Stoddard in Home Light. 


The editor of The Paeifie Baptist, hav- 
ing- been asked his opinion as to uniting 
with a secret society, replies as follows : 

"No Christian sliould unite witli a secret 
■order, and tlierefore tlie Christian minister 
Is emphatically barred. The chief reasons 
for keeping out of such fraternities are as 
I'olloAYS : •, 

"]. Tlie Christian man in the act of bap- 
tism unites himself to the only real 'fra- 
ternity' recognized of God. 'One is your 
Master, even Christ, and all ye are breth- 
ren ' 

"2. The Christian man should never take 
an oath of secrecy, as his divine Lord may 
demand of him that he divulge the nature of 
the oath. 

"3. Such organizations as, for instance, 
the Masons, use many passages of Scripture 
in their degrees, but the name of Christ is 
omitted from those that in the Bible contain 
it. It is not enough to acknowledge God. 
•Christ must also be acknowledged as God, 
Saviour and King of men by the lodges be- 
fore the disciple of Christ can feel himself 
truly a 'brother.' 

'•4. Men who at their conversion are great- 
ly iuterested in lodges become less and less 
so as they grow in grace. The obligations of 
the Word of God and the duties and priv- 
ileges of the Christian life leave no corners 
for lodge meetings, ceremonies, banquets, etc. 
Imagine Paul and Peter as 'joiners' ! 

"5. There is no good thing about the lodges 
that should not be incorporated into the work 
of the church. 

"G. Joining a lodge to win men to Christ 
lias seldom had such a result. The way to 
Min men to Christ is to join one's self to 
Chris L. 

"7. Many of the lodge ceremonies violate 
the simplicity and sincerity of the Christian 
life and are pretentions, bombastic, even anti- 
biblical in teaching. 

"8. The lodges are doing a good deal to 

alleviate suffering, furnish cheap insurance, 
etc Full credit should be given them. But 
one can get as good insurance elsewhere, and 
it is the business of the Christian Church to 
care for the sick, poor, sad-hearted and the 

"0. The various lodge 'hierarchies,' with 
their ascending degrees, swelling titles and 
childlike appeals to the imagination and 
sense of mystery, arc all opposed to the dem- 
ocratic simplicity aud humility required of 
Christ's flock, where all arc equal and there 
are no titles or special privileges. No, keep 
out of the lodges. But do not fight them. 
They are the best 'fraternities' that an un- 
r-onverted man can contrive." 
— Copied into TJie Journal and Messenger 
(Baptist), Cincinnati, Ohio, May 28, 

A brave testimony, and a needed one, 
but the editor strikes a false note in his 
"do not light them." In fact, his article 
is the very opposite of his advice. It is 
a good thing to raise corn and potatoes, 
i,)ut don't fight the weeds ! Weeds are 
the natural product of the earth, as se- 
cret societies are of the natural To 
be sure, weeds will choke and kill the 
corn, just as lodges do the souls of men, 
whom they bury in the grave in tlie hope 
of tlie resurrection and of iieaven, while 
denying Him who is the Resurrection 
and the Life. 

No, our business is to plant corn and 
fight zueeds; to build up the kingdom of 
righteousness and fight its enemies — sa- 
loons, lodgery, and other foes. Nathan- 
iel Colver, D. D., an eminent Baptist and 
a seceding Mason, said, 'Tt (Alasonrv) 
is Satan's masterpiece for the destruction 
of the souls of men." Let us fight it 
v/ith "the sword of the Spirit, which is 
the word of God." 

Often I find an aiticle in the Cynosu^'c 
worth more than a year's subscription 
price — if money could in any sense be 
used as a recompense for the enunciation 
of truth. j\Iary C. Baker. 

^^d^ittle Springs, Tenn.. June 15, 1908. 

We may glorify God in little things. 
but no one should be content with sucli 
a life. The duty of every man is "to at- 
tempt great things for God." 

The saloon is the hot-bed of anarchv 



July, 1908. 

And the Public Is In Sympathy With the Striker. 

— From 7'he Fort Waijne News. 


A prominent Easterji newspaper pub- 
lished tlie following paragraph May 6th : 

*'The war conclncted by the board of ed- 
ucation of Chicago a.gainst the iiigh school 
fraternities is to be yet more vigorously pros- 
ecuted. President Schneider has prepared 
a program to be applied in connection with 
the rule adopted proljibiting pupils from be- 
ing members of Greek letter societies, under 
the penalty of expulsion, which is to become 
effective September 1. He proposes to se- 

cure- a written pledge from every member of 
a sororicy or fraternity 'renouncing' the se- 
cret society in consideration of being permit- 
ted to remain in the public schools. Parents 
vxill be asked by the principals of the schools 
to certify in writing that their sons or daugh- 
t rs have withdrawn from the society. Mr. 
MC'hneider intends to secure pledges from pu- 
pils not members that they will not join any 
secret society. School authorities all o\*er 
the country Avill watch with interest the at- 
tempt to execute this radical program." 

July, 1908. 




Under the caption "To Discuss Frater- 
nities/' a New England daily said, in 
part, May 15th: 

"The New England Association of School 
Superintendents will convene in Boston 'next 
Friday, and from tlie program which is an- 
nounced for the meeting it is seen that the 
subject of secret societies in the high schools, 
a matter which has assumed prominence in 
Springfield during the past year or two, wJU 
be one of the most vital subjects considered. 
Among the speakers at the meeting will be 
Prof., Suzzallo, who will consider 'iSecret 
Societies and Athletics in the High Schools.' 
A letter sent out to the superintendents of 
New England by Iloury D. Ilervy, of Mai- 
den, the president of the organization, says 
that the conviction is growing that the only 
way to drive secret societies and kindred 
evils from the high schools is for the school 
authorities to recognize frankly that boys 
and girls are social beings and to make wise 
but adequate provision for their social needs. 
The responsibility of the home must not be 
lessened, however. This is the burning topic 
which will be considered at the meeting of 
the association, and a wide expression of 
opinion is expected from superintendents 
from all over New England, as well as visit- 
ing authorities. Athletics also will not lack 
attention, and it is evident from the program 
that many restrictions on this interest of the 
pupils will be suggested." 


President Angell ordered the dissolu- 
tion of one of the Michigan University 
''frat" lodges. The faculty expelled two 
members who had been arrested for theft 
and fined fifty dollars. The young men 
claimed that tlie thieving- was a part of 
their initiation stunt. ■ ' ■ 


Once during her college days, Alice 
Freeman, afterward the Wellesley col- 
lege president, found it necessary to 
teach twenty weeks in a high school. In 
a letter to a college friend occurs the fol- 
lowing passage, partly relating to secret 
focicties in the University of ■Michigan: 

"1 finished yesterday just half the 
weeks I liave to teach, and the ten that 
are left will pass too quickly, doubtless, 
for the work which is to be done in them ; 
but not when I think where the end of 
them Avill take me. Once in a while I 

dread going back to college. Not that it 
isn't far pleasanter than teaching. But 
sometimes the world seems sick. I can't 
hel]) thinking of what you told me of the 
secret societies. God help us all ! Let us 
pray for the noble 3^oung men who are 
going down unless an arm mighty to save 
is quickly thrown around them. So S. 
has gone, too ! I liked the boy so much. 
PYn-haps it is better for him. But what 
a loss to the class ! Really, in a year 
there won't be much of a class left, at 
this late. Oh, if we could only sit down 
and talk it all over !" 

At the eighteenth annual convention 
of the City and Borough Superintend- 
ents of the Pennsylvania Educational 
Association, a decided action was taken 
against the Colleges for not lessening 
the hardships of the entrance examina- 
tions while seemingly putting their faith 
in the dance hall, card parties, fraterni- 
ties and club life. 

Superintendent F. E. Downes of Har- 
risburg urged the enactment of a law re- 
moving fraternities from the lower 


Something like the ordinary plea can 
be made for the Chinese secret society 
called the Flep Sing Tong, for Warry 
Charles, president of the Boston branch, 
was a graduate of an American college, 
and had been court interpreter. Nine 
members — as has been previously noticed 
— were convicted of murder. Ten mem- 
bers were known as the jury, and these 
met with the officers in a secret room. 
Cliarles was accused, by a witness who 
belonged to the jury at the time of tlie 
murders, of saying: "Since the last few 
years we are like dead ones. If you all 
agree, I'll tell my suggestion. I want 
to do as they do in New York : we must 
kill some people. '^' '■'' "^ A\'e wanr 
more memljers for the Hep Sing Tong. 
^Ve will attack the people and they will 
be afraid of us. "■' * * The attack 
will make all Chinese men join the order. 
* '•' * If we can frighten the people, 
they will pay us money, and we will send 
to other branches of the society, in New 


■■ .V. u . 



July, 1908. 

"^'ork, Pliiladelphia and Chicago, for 
liatclict men v.ho are nnknowrn, because 
they can get away easier." 

An Associated Press dispatch, dated 
jNIarch 27, said: "A street murder, which 
is l.^eheved to have been an outgrowth of 
the recent trials of a number of China- 
men for murder in Boston and Philadel- 
])]iia, intensely excited the New York 
Chinese colony for a time to-day. * '•: -^ 
P\er since the successful prosecution of 
the Chinese murder trials in Boston and 
Philadelphia, there have been freqtient 
rumors, in Chinatowai, that some mem- 
ber of the New York colony inspired the 
evidence which resulted in the convic- 
tions. \\dien the shooting occurred to- 
day, it became noised about that Ing 
Mow was one of the men who had been 
imder suspicion. '•'' ^' '^ Three China- 
men blocked his way. There was a short, 
sharp argument, the flash and report of a 
shot, and, as Ing collapsed and fell to 
the sidewalk, the three assailants fled. 
-■■'■ « >!«' Chinatown was in a panic of ex- 
cit'^ment, and it became necessary to call 
out a big detail of extra police. ^ ^ ^ 
Moy Don Yuk and Wan Yon, both of 
whom live in Mott street, were taken into 

This gives opportunity to see secret so- 
ciety arrangements in connection with 
people of a slightly different color, and 
at a somewhat different angle. The prac- 
tical difference could be greater. 

Golden, 111., April 27, 1908. , 
National Christian Association, 

Chicago, 111. : 

My congregation stands as a unit 
against secretism, opposing it in every 
form whatever. They are all stauncii 
German Lutherans, and with the Luther- 
an church uphold the tenets of Holy 
Scripture over against lodgeism. They 
heartily approve my stand in devoting 
special sermons against the evils of the, 
fcCcret societies. 

Wishing you continued success in your 
work, I remain, 

Yours respectfully, ■ • 

(Rev.) Armin Paul Meyer. 


We cannot give you all of the good 
things that remain of our Annual Meet- 
ing and Convention in this number, but 
promise you more in due time. 

We had the privilege of putting into 
type the address of President Blanchard 
wdiich he delivered before some 6,000 in 
Des Moines, Iowa, on June 7th, and 
sending it to about one hundred of the 
leading religious papers of our coimtry.. 
It w^as especially fine because of the fun- 
damental truths handled and because of 
the manner in which they w^ere taken tip. 
This is also one of the rich things in store 
for future delivery to Cynosure read- 
ers. • ■ . ■■ ■ ^ . • ■ 

The editor recently visited an old 
friend of the Association, Mr. D. H. 
Harrington of Columbus, Ohio. His ex- 
perience in connection with lodge-wor- 
ship reminded us of ours, when we join- 
ed the Good Templars and found as 
Chaplain one of the most profane young 
Lien in the community. 

A short time after Brother Harring- 
ton's initiation, a neighbor's hen-roost 
was robbed in the night and the thief 
caught in the act. The culprit was none 
other than the Chaplain, who had given 
him moral instruction and read the pray-, 
ers over him in the lodge. •. 

Our readers will be ver}^ much inter-, 
ested, we are sure, in the following let- 
ter from the late President Charles G. 
Finney, of Oberlin, Ohio, written to Mr. 
Ilarrington in 1873, and never hereto- 
fore Dublished. 

Lvery life is a lighthouse or a beacon 

of warning. Which is yours? 

Oberlin, March 15, 1873. 
D. H. Harrington, Esq. : 

J)car Brother: Yours of the 13th in-- 
stant is received. 

Your pastor a Freemason ! And does 
he defend, and co-operate with Freema- 
son^? I often ask myself how it is pos- 
s'ble that a Christian can be an adhering 
]''reemason, after all the light that has. 
been shed upon this subject. Freema- 
sonry puts out the eyes of conscience. It 
destroys all moral discrimination, else it 

July, 1908. 



v^'ere impossible for one to remain in 
sympathy with the lodge. 

As to your leaving the church, that 
jJionld depend on circumstances. If the 
body is controlled by Freemasons and 
conducted in sympathy with their spirit, 
it is not a church of Christ, although 
there may be some good people belong- 
ing to it. If the church, as a body, ap- 
proves of the horrid oaths of Freemason- 
ry, and justifies the selfish principle by 
which Masons live, I should renounce 
their fellowship. But,' if the church au- 
thorities, and the church as a body, are 
opposed to Freemasonry, I should re- 
main in it, and use all my influence 
against Freemasonry. . , 

As to the minister, I should deal plain- 
ly with him before I refused to support 
him. ]^)Ut after reasonable labor with 
him, if he still clave to the lodge, I should 
not bid him Godspeed, or express any 
confidence in him by aiding in his sup- 

Dear brother, be Christ-like in love, 
and in firmness oppose and denounce sin 
in every form whilst personally you arc 
kind to all. 

God bless you. C. G. Finney. 

The natural influence upon one's mind 
of lodge obligations to aid and assist a 
brother lodgeman is well illustrated by 
the following incident from The North 
American of Philadelphia, describing the 
arrest of a lodge member by a policeman. 

''In the meantime Sergeant Fenn was 
having trouble with Troi. The man 
fought like a wildcat, and was subdued 
only after a vigorous beating*. 

'' 'Save me, brothers and fellozv lodge- 
members' he cried frantically, as the big 
sergeant's grip tightened about his neck 
and the Italians, with weapons drawn, 
surged around the officer. 

'' 'For God's sake, sergeant,' cried a cit- 
izen, wlio vainly sought to gain 
Fenn's side, 'don't take that man. These 
fellows will kill you.' 

" 'Not yet, friend,' answered the police- 
man coolly, 'I'm a long way from death.' 
With one slash with his club he sent two 
would-be assailants to the asphalt, caus- 
ing the poorly constructed club to break 
with its impact upon their heads. 

" 'You'll pay dearly for this,' raged the 
frantic Troi. 'You are a marked man. 
Remember that — you're marked.' The 
next moment he had sunk into tempo- 
rary oblivion. Sergeant Finn's remnant 
of club had done its work." ,.. 


A New York City judge says that di^ 
vorce cases are packed with perjuries; 
and another judge is quoted as saying: 
"People seem to have lost their respect 
for the sanctity of an oath, and consider 
tlie solemn vow to tell the truth but a 
panoply for the more efTective detail of 
matter for the side they wish to succeed. 
The time has arrived when something 
radical must be done to stem the torrent 
of perjury which is engulfing the efforts 
to administer justice in the courts of our 

Like other cities and villages. New 
York is full of people habituated to tak- 
ing oaths in lodges, and it is not to be 
assumed that all take them seriously, or 
observe them strictly. There is reason 
to question whether there ds not a large 
me;nbership that regards a lodge oath as 
an almost empty form. Taking lodge 
oaths lightly, as well as blindly, might be 
expected to cultivate a loose habit of 
mind. All oaths would thus share a ten- 
dency to lose sacredness. This prevalent 
custom of swearing as cultivated by 
lodges may, therefore, partly account lor 
the increase of the crime that judges ob- 

This is not the sole cause, yet it can 
naturally be reckoned as liable to be 
among efficient causes ; at least one oath 
is taken in each degree, and, whether 
taken lightly or not, it is taken blindly. 
Taking oaths blindly, or taking them 
lightly, is a bad habit to cultivate in 
lodges and practice in courts. : 


What we, who have long labored, are 
now needing in order to keep up hope 
and courage, is the Christian grace of pa- 
tience. So has it been, also, from the be- 
ginning, when it was said to the disciples 
of the first century, "Ye have need of 
patience, that, after ye have done the 



July, 1008. 

will of God, ye might receive the prom- 
ise." Impatience cuts oil work midway, 
so that nothing is perfected; therefore, 
"Let patience have its perfect work, that 
ye may be perfect and entire, wanting* 
nothing-.'' If we \\an.t what belongs to 
tiic final stage of discipline, losing tliis 
through impatience, we fail of finished 
character ; if we miss the conclusion of 
an enterprise, we attain, instead, a failure. 
The last few steps of mountain-climbing 
arc the only ones that touch the summit; 
the last year of school, alone, reaches 
graduation; in the conclusion of a busi- 
ness transaction, lies its profit. 

Dangerously strong and influential 
temptations to impatience, are various in 
origin. Physical weariness can play its 
part, disappointment is not easily over- 
come or forgotten, the sting that ingrati- 
tude cr want of sympathetic comradeship 
can inflict is envenomed, and its poison is 
sometimes paralyzing or benumbing. In 
petulance, or in discouragement, effort 
that ought to be patiently matured is lia- 
ble to be relaxed or abandoned. 

Yet in due season we shall reap if we 
faint not ; your labor is not in vain in 
the Lord. No place for impatience lies 
this side the line where awaits the due 
season ; until that line is reached, labor 
does not cease to be "not in vain.'' We 
should cling to these encouraging truths, 
with faith in the Master of the field we 
cultivate. While He has patience, we 
should ; so long as He still expects re- 
sults, we may ; until He relaxes purpose 
or effort, we need not. We ought to 
reach the end with Him. 

His parable of the sower is an antidote 
to impatience, and to disappointment that 
fosters it. Some seed must fall where 
the birds will catch it away, some where 
there is not much deepness of earth, and 
some where it is choked by thorns. W^e 
cannot expect that ungodly men, already 
profane, will hesitate to take reckless 
lodge oaths, nor can we look to see dis- 
honest men, or scheming politicians, 
shocked by the baseness of certain secret 
obligations. L,icentious men will not re- 
gret that the agreement to limit vice so 
as to exempt a few nearest relatives of 
members of one degree, leaves most of 
the world unmentioned. If they are re- 

pelled by amtliing, it will be that limited 
agreement. Men of the world and wom- 
en of fashion cannot be expected to have 
ears to hear appeals based on Christian 
principles. vSupposed business or politi- 
cal advantage can win men, dancing and 
(hsplay attract women, and those of this 
class can hear and weigh arguments like 
these; our arguments, based on Christian 
morals and faith, they have no ears to 
hear. We have not failed, though the 
great multitude throngs still the broad 
road that leads to death ; the narrow path 
is not closed. He that hath an ear will 
hear; let us patiently lift up our voice for 

Surely shallow soil on rocky ground 
will yet remain, birds of tiie air will catch 
away our words, thorns will not cease to 
grow and choke our Master's truth, how- 
ever diligently we sow. Yet there is 
good ground. There also remain seven 
thousand who do not worship Baal. It 
was after two-score years that Caleb, 
whose ready and encouraging words 
seemed vain, inherited the land of tlie 
grape-cluster, and drove out the sons of 
Anak, who had terrified his early com- 
panions. Like him, we have need of pa- 
tience, and having patience until the due 
season, we shall receive what is prom- 
ised, for our confidence hath great rec- 
ompense of reward. 


Protection By Prohibiting. 

The law enacted by the Legislature of 
Tennessee, April 15, 1907, and printed in 
the Cynosure, April, 1908, is entitled, 
''AN ACT to protect fraternal, charit- 
able, and benevolent societies, or secret 
orders, by prohibiting the publication, 
sale, or circulation, of any book, pam- 
phlet, or other instrument, purporting to 
be a copy of the secret or ritualistic work 
of any such secrv^t organization ; and to 
provide a penalty for a violation of the 

Review of the Law. 

Section i declares it unlawful to pub- 
lish, print, or import, or to sell or expose 
for sale, anything purporting to be a copy 
of secret or ritualistic work. 

Section 4 makes violation of Section 

July, 1908. 



I a misdemeanor, for which the fine must 
be not less than ten dollars, and may 
be fifty. 

Section 5 exempts officers of secret 

Section 2 authorizes any citizen of 
Tennessee, who is first authorized by the 
chief officer of an order, to recover one 
hundred dollars from a violator of Sec- 
tion I. Fifty dollars shall belong to the 
person suing, fifty to the State. 

Section 3 empowers any citizen, au- 
thorized as required by Section 2, to 
take away from its possessor any prop- 
erty of the kind described in Section i. 
"Such citizen, when so authorized, shall 
have the right to enforce the provisions 
of this section by a writ of replevin." 

Section 6 says that "this act shall take 
effect from and after its passage, the pub- 
lic welfare requiring it." 

Out of Harmony With Federal Consti=- 


Public welfare was thought to require 
that the first amendment of the United 
States Constitution should guarantee 
that Congress could pass no law 
"abridging freedom of speech or of the 
press." The Constitution of Tennessee, 
adopted soon after the Civil War, may 
not have copied this clause of the Bill of 
Rights, yet any American law out of har- 
mony with it, however justifiable, seems 
extraordinary. It requires imperative 

Section i is criminal law. It is com- 
pleted by Section 4, and applies to mat- 
ter copyrighted under federal law. One 
provision forbids any person to import 
matter that is obviously liable to be 
brought in by mail. Import might be 
construed to cover obtaining by mail, 
in a case of this kind. 

However, Section 2 of Article IV of 
the U. S. Constitution guarantees that 
"The citizens of each State shall be en- 
titled to all the privileges and immuni- 
ties of citizens in the several States." 
One of these must be ordinary use of 
the mails. 

Tennessee judges cannot ignore this 
in favor of the State law, for the- U. S. 
Constitution and laws "shall be the su- 
preme law of the land; and the judges 
in every State shall be bound thereby, 

anything in the Constitution or laws of 
any State to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing." Moreover, all "judicial officers 
both of the United States and of the sev- 
eral States, shall be bound by oath or 
affirmation to support this Constitution." 
Decisions afl^ecting tlie U. S. mails 
appear reviewable by a federal court; 
besides, instead ot condemnmg, State 
judges are sworn to protect their use. 
Apparently, citizens of Tennessee still 
share the universal right to receive print- 
ed and copyrighted matter by mail. 

Section 3 is common law. Without 
such terms as unlawful, misdemeanor, 
and fine, it prescribes forfeiture and a 
method of enforcement. This might be 
many times the amount of the largest 

At Variance With Common Law. 

In earlier common law, replevin was 
apt to be restricted to loss by theft or 
robbery, but now it includes anything 
unlawfully detained from its rightful 
owner. The plaintiff must prove right 
of possession, and prove the defendant 
to be holding wrongful possession. 

Section 3, therefore, either assumes or 
creates actual or constructive ownership. 
Per contra, it assumes absence of owner- 
ship or voids title. It does this where, 
under protection of Tennessee law, an 
ordinary business transaction has been 
effected, with exchange of value. Cre- 
ation, destruction, or transference of title, 
without consideration, is against law, 
custom, and public policy, transcending 
even the right of eminent domain. 

It is previous ownership, therefore, 
that appears to be assumed for the plain- 
tiff, and denied to the defendant. Own- 
ership cannot accrue from purchase, but 
exists in some way without. For ex- 
am.ple, a box of books ordered, shipped, 
and paid for, in Chicago, is not the 
property of the purchaser to whom it is 
delivered in Nashville. Through author- 
ization of a citizen of St. Louis, it is 
the property of some citizen of Nash- 
ville, to whom its arrival is a surprise, 
and who was not aware of its exist- 

Whether goods shipped in Chicago, 
and marked, Montgomery, Ala., could 



July, 1908. 

be seized in fransiiii while crossing Ten- 
nessee, is a natural question. 

If, without replevin, any person should 
take the box of books from the purchas- 
er, who is here assumed not to be the 
owner, would the court construe the act 
as theft, or would the apparent thief 
onlv become the defendant in a case of 
replevin ? 

Question for the Court. 

An important qu.estion for court de- 
cision relates to the effect of this law in 
case a book contains brief quotations 
from a ritual, but as a whole is not one 
"purporting to be a copy of the secret or 
ritualistic work." Not all antisecret lit- 
erature is ritual, or direct exposure; all 
is mailable to Tenriessee, and its posses- 
sion is not made a crime in the eye of 
Tennessee law\ 

An Open Door. 

Even though purchase be construed as 
criminal importation, illuminating matter 
can be mailed gratuitously from outside, 
flooding the State with light as never 
before. Moreover, no section of the law 
applies to sermons, lectures, or conversa- 
tions ; and living teachers can do what 
is forbidden to the press. Free Speech 
has survived Freedom of the Press in 


Pat, the ignorant laborer who lived in 
a shanty, is dead and buried, his son is 
tending bar and running the city govern- 
ment, and his grandriaughter is teachitig 
the public school. Secret orders have 
gathered in the younger members of the 
clan, among which is the secret society 
v/hosc members are usually called Fliber- 
nians, though a priest of their church de- 
clares that in Pennsylvania it was the Hi- 
bernians who went by the name of Moi- 
h'e Maguires. The following resolutio:-! 
has been adopted by a state board of the 
order • 

Whereas, We view with iinicli regret and 
iadlgnation a disposition on the part of many 
persons to slander onr people, especially as 
St. Patrick's day approaches, hy publication 
of indecent newspaper and magazine carica- 
tures and by exliibiting for sale at news- 
stands and stationery stores post cards that 
are grossly insulting to and libelous of the 
Irish people, 

We; therefore, the members of the state 
board of Ancient Order of Hibernians, in 
meeting assembled at Lowell, on the ninth 
day of February, 1908, condenni the publica- 
tion and sale of such caricatures and post 
cards, and urge tlie officers and members of 
our order to exert every lawful and reason- 
able effort to suppress the sale and circula- 
tion of such libelous caricatures and post 
cards at all times, and particularly now, that 
the feast day of our patron saint may be 
observed with dignity instead of ridicule. 


It is not the only difference between a 
filter and a sieve, that one is for liquids 
and the other for solids. The sieve re- 
jects what is worthless, and keeps what 
is valuable ; the filter, on the contrary, 
keeps the sediment while losing what is 
pure. It selects what it rejects, preserves 
what it loses, or enhances the worth of 
what it casts away. What it keeps with- 
in itself when its work is done, is refuse. 

In this respect the filter is like a Ma- 
sonic lodge. For the lodge, also, gath- 
ers good and bad material into itself, and 
while one stream is constanth- pouring 
in, another of almost equal volume is 
flowing out. Moreover, the outflow com- 
prises intelligence and moral worth which 
cafinot be retained within the dark and 
blind lodge. Like Washington, arnl 
Marshall, and a multitude of wise and 
noble men, the better members tend to 
swell the outflow. Weak characters, how- 
ever, and shallow minds are retained. The 
lodge is a more natural place lor the 
thoughtless who do not consider, the ig- 
norant, who without understanding are 
impressed while they cannot discrimi- 
nate, or the wxak and vicious, to whose 
tastes the lodge is not uncongenial, while 
it promises a refuge to folly or v/icked- 

Clinging to the lodge, like refuse in a 
filter, these baser elements remain after 
the more intelligent and better elements 
pass out again. Hence, the lodge is like 
a filter through which a stream of mixed 
elemefits is forever flowitig, out of 
which it catches and retains the more 
worthless while losing- the best that it 

Hospitality enlarges the soul. 

July, 1908. 




Does the Bible require a man who has 
assumed sinful obligations, to simply 
coiifess that the obligations were sinful 
and that he sinned in assuming them, or 
is he further required to make known in 
detail the nature and form of the sinful 
obligations ? What is the bearing of Le- 
viticus 5: 4, 5, and other scriptures upon 
the point in question? Let us hear from 
a number of the Cynosure readers. 


For the first time in Massachusetts a 
Black Hand case has resulted in convic- 
tion. The last day of March, in the af- 
ternoon, Concetto Rizzo and Antonio AT 1 • 
rabito were sentenced to State prison for 
not less than six or more than ten years 
by the judge of the superior criminal 
court. I^>bruary 20th they sent threaten- 
ing letters through the mail to Benjamin 
Piscopo. The court denied a motion for 
a new trial — the evidence was competent 
and sufficient in amount and character to 
justify the jur\'. Taking the accused at 
their own words in the letter, they were 
members of an organization formed to 
kill if demands for money were not com- 
plied with. 

Asked by the court w^hether he had 
anything to sa}^ upon the matter of sen- 
tence, the district attorney declared that 
the case differed widely from ordinary 
blackmail, wdiere accusation of crime was 
threatened in order to extort money. In 
Black Bland cases the forfeit was the vic- 
tim's life. 


Warren, Mass., has a lodge that has 
lately reached its 50th anniversary anrl 
enjoyed a grand celebration. Until a 
late hour Saturday evening, the exercises 
continued with great success, the presen- 
tation of past masters' jewels being par- 
ticularly interesting. One hundred and 
twenty-five Masons w^ere present, and 
ten of the fifteen past masters w'cre 
present to be decorated with jewels at the 
hand of the Grand Master. The celebra- 
tion of the anniversary was continued in- 
to Sunday morning, by going into the 
Congregational church, where Rev. T. C. 
Richards preached on the subject : 'The 

Temple Builders." Among the no m 
the church were seven officers of the 
Grand Lodge. Although the celebration 
jjroper was ended, two of the visiting 
Masons spoke Sunday evening on "The 
church and the brotherhood." A super- 
intendent of schools from another place 
presided in tlie church Sunday evening, 
and the s])eakers were the grand lecturer, 
and the district deputy grand inaster, 
who is also principal of a normal school. 
Thus the church was extensively util- 
ized that Lord's Day, in the interest of 
an order that makes a si)ecialty of dis- 
honoring the name of LBm for whom 
both house and dav were named. 


In 1889 Col. George R. Clarke, found- 
er of the "Pacific Garden Mission," of 
Cliicae'o, a Christian worker of national 
reputation as well as an officer in the 
Civil W^ar, speaking of his having been a 
thirty-second degree Mason and a mem- 
ber of the G. A. R., related the reasons 
for his withdrawal from all secret asso- 
ciations when he became a Christian. Of 
the G. A. R. he said: 

"For the same reason I was prevented 
from reuniting wdth my old comrades in 
arms in the Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic. I suppose its objects are in the main 
good and calculated to help the surviving 
soldiers of the Rebellion; but I think, 
though not as harmful as some, it is one 
of those things which stand in the way 
of the coming of Christ in the world; 
Consequently, as one loyal to the pre- 
cious Son of God who has suffered for 
us, we must place it with all other secret 
organizations, as harmful and retarding 
the growth of our religion. Anything 
that antagonizes the coming of our Lord 
and the completing of His work ought to 
receive our opposition.'' , 


I\Iissoula, Montana, April 15, 1908. 
T think two young men that were 
working for usdiad their eyes opened by 
reading Modern Secret Societies (which 
I had and gave to them to read), so they 
will not try the societies. 

(]\Irs.) E. A. Tozier. 



July, 1908. 

|lciU0 0f §nx 

The Association is represented this 
}ear at" the Christian Reformed Synod 
meeting at Muskegon, iMichigan, by Mr. 
T. M. Hitchcock, so well known to the 
readers of our magazine. We anticipate 
a good note from him for the August 
number. ■ 


Covington, Ohio, June i8, 1908. 
W. I. Phillips, Chicago,' 111. : 

Dear Editor of Cynosure: 

Wife and I have returned from our 
Annual Conference at Des Moines, Iowa. 
The meeting was largely attended, it be- 
ing our Bi-centennial or tw^o hundredth 
anniversary of our org'anization in Amer- 
ica. There was an unusual amount of 
business, and at times the discussions 
were somewhat animated, or like that 
Conference at Jerusalem — recorded in 
Acts 15. "After much disputing" a very 
conciliatory conclusion was arrived at on 
all questions before the meeting. 

Dr. Blanchard met his appointment on 
Sunday afternoon. The Doctor seemed 
to be in shape for the occasion. He de- 
livered his message with interest and ear- 
nestness. The assembly was estimated at 
from six to eight thousand. All seemed 
to listen with absorbing interest. After 
his talk he was quickly thronged with a 
large number who wished to grasp his 
'hand in friendship ; among them were a 
number with their secret badge-pins. One 
of thern said, "This is my last lodge." 

The occasion was one of interest. 
, Yours as ever, 

(Eld.) I. J. Rosenberger. 

In correspondence with his brother J. 
M., of this city, Mr. Thomas P. Hitch- 
cock, of Toledo, Ohio, says : "The anti- 
secret cause is attracting more attention 
to-day than at any other time since I 
was made acquainted with it. When we 
stop to think that it is taught to our chil- 
dren in the public schools, and by our 
best instructors, I can only say. Praise 
Cod for the hopeful prospects that are 
f»efore us. In our Citv of Toledo, all 

students who insist on maintaining 
membership in these societies are de- 
prived of school privileges." 

The Ohio State Convention will close 
its deliberations on June 30th, as this 
Cynosure is being* printed. The public 
leaders in Pandora are wiser than some, 
and vvelcomed the Convention. Among 
the speakers were Rev. C. W. Oyer, Rev. 
W. J. Sanderson, R.ev. J. H. T Gordon, 
Eld. I. J. Rosenberger, Rev. T. K. Leon- 
ard, and Rev. F. W. Stanton. A report 
of the Convention may be expected in 
the Auc-ust number. 

The Michigan State Convention will 
be held (D. V.) on October 7th and 8th, 
at Grand Rapids, in the Lagrave Street 
Chrisiian Reformed church, Rev. Henry 
lieets, pastor. President Blanchard has 
been secured as one of the speakers. A 
great meeting is assured. 

It has been suggested that during Sep- 
tember a Conference be held in the 
Southwest — perhaps at Kansas City. 
Such a location would permit the friends 
in four States, cornering near Kansas 
City, to attend. Let us hear from those 
that are interested, about a Conference — - 
say at Kansas City, on September 28th 
and 29th. 

The New York-New Jersey Conven- 
tion will be held in October. A fuller 
plan Vvdll be published in August. 

It is now the purpose, as we under- 
stand, to hold the Indiana State Conven- 
tion in November. We expect a report 
on it for the next Cynosure from Pres. 
L. G. Bears. ■ . 

How about Iowa? We hear that Pres. 
J. S. McGaw has been tendered the po- 
sition of lecturer for the National Re- 
form Association. Why not have a rally 
in northwestern Iowa, the last of this 
month — say at Sioux City ? Rev. W. FJ. 
Stoddard would assist in such a Confer- 
ence if desired. We suggest a Citizens' 
Conference for Aug. 24th and 2qth, next. 
What do our friends in Sioux City say? 

July, 1008. 



Would Rev. P. H. Tctley, of Canton, S. 
Dak., second such a Citizens' meeting, 
to take in the district comprising the cor- 
ners of the four States which meet near 
Sioux City — Iowa, Minnesota, South Da- 
kota, and Nebraska? 


Pine Bhiff, Ark., May 26, 1908. 
Dear Brother PhilH])s : 

I have just got in from Elerson, Ariv. 
I was there the first Sunday in this 
month, but they had lieard of me and 
woukl not kl me lecture. I went back 
last Friday, to attend the sisters' Board 
Meetino-. You know that was the sis- 
ters, and of course my time to talk. So 
on last Sunday I spoke to a crowded 
house, and God certainly used my mouth. 
The preacher at this place, and all the 
women and children, belong to the same 
order, so the Holy Spirit inspired me to 
tell the evils of this calf-worship. When 
I had sat down, the two preachers that 
were there (both Masons) Vv^ent outdoors 
and held a council with the members of 
the church and the sinners of the lodge. 
They were angr}^, but the sinners said I 
was right ; they said the preachers ought 
to keep out of lodges and preach the gos- 
pel. They said, "That woman is right. 
God did tell us not to swear, and told the 
preachers to teach us Ilis command- 
ments ; and they don't say anything to 
us about swearing ; they swear them- 
selves, just to get a little money, and then 
they don't get it until death." I had told 
them, while I was talking, that they could 
not trust God to take care of them, so 
they hired themselves out to the devil all 
their lives for three hundred dollars, to 
be paid off at death. 

In the evening three men came to me. 
Two of them were sinners and one bo- 
longed to the church. They asked me 
where I learned so much about lodges. I 
told them, and gave them some tract -^. 
Then one of them said, "You don't know 
an3^thing about the Knights of Pythias." 
I answered, "Are you brave?" They 
looked at each other. Then I said, "Say, 
what is this? A good thing. Most peo- 
ple would say so. Some would. O, 
would they? No doubt." When I said 
this the whole crowd laughed, and one of 

them said, "What did you make her tell 
that for?" Then all the people at the sta- 
tion began to laugh. Then one of the 
men, a sinner, said, "Sister Woods, if 
you were a man we would hang you to a 
limb." I said, "There are men traveling 
and saying the same things that I am say- 
ing." He said, "All right, let one of the 
scoundrels come down here and we will 
kill him before the water gets hot." Then 
I said, "You see the orders make you a 
murderer." The man who belonged to 
the clnuxii said, "N<^. Sister Woods, we 
would not kill him, Init we would chain 
him to a tree and wear two brand-nev/ 
buggy-whips out on his naked back, and 
send him away from liere on railroad 
time." I~Ie said, "A\'e will let you talk, 
but no man had better ever come here 
with that talk." AA'e all laughed, and I 
kept on telling their secrets until- the 
train arrived. They said, "Good-bye, 
Sister Woods ; come again, and stay in 
our houses as long as you please ; but no 
man had belter come ; if he does, we will 
string him up." 

Tune 12, [908. 
I was at Jefferson Springs a few days 
ago, visiting the Sisters' Union, I lec- 
tured to a f idl house. My talk was alto- 
gether on the sin- of secret societies. We 
had several ministers m the meeting. I 
showed them how the people who were 
in secret societies \\ ere spiritually dead, 
and that the preachers were the cause of 
it. I said, "These preachers who are 
preaching these annual sermons are lead- 
ing the people into the lodges, so that 
they become spiritually dead, for they 
cannot serve two masters at the same 

While I was talking I noticed that one 
of the preachers had ou a Masonic pin. 
I pointed at the pin and said, "Brother, 
take that pin oft* and throw it away, and 
let us Christians show to the world that 
we belong to Christ because we love one 

One of the preachers was taking note 
of all I said. He had just preached an 
annual sermon the Sunday before this 
meeting. When I sat down he got up 
and tried to help himself out, but he 
could not defend himself, for all three of 



July, 1908. 

the other ministers were on the Lord's 
side and they told that hrother to stop 
trying* to defend the Masons. They said, 
*'You know \\'e are all wrong". We car- 
ried the people upstairs, now let us come 
down and bring the people down ; let us 
bring them back to the Cliurch." They 
said, "Go on, Sister Woods, with your 
books and tracts, and show us the sin cf 
the lodges." They said, "God bless the 
National Christian Association, for it is 
an eye-opener." The brother that had 
on the gold IMasonic pin took it off at 
once. The ministers said, "We are go- 
ing- to fight the devil and bring- God's 
people out of his old money-trap." 

I read in the tenth chapter of Hosea, 
the first and second verses, and proved 
to them that the lodges were idolatry. 

One of our great ministers here. Dr. J. 
B. Bolden, preached at a funeral here 
yesterday, of a w^oman who used to be a 
ofood Christian, but who v/ent into the 
lodges and lost all interest in the church. 
She stuck to her two lodges and they put 
her body in a fine casket. Accompany- 
ing the body, the lodge -members came in, 
carrying those long sticks with black 
crape on them and a lot of little blue 
books. Dr. Bolden said, *'Yoti had bet- 
ter throw away those little blue rituals 
that men made. Whatever from the Bi- 
ble that you find in them was stolen by 
men and put there to make fools of you. 
Put the old sticks and books down, and 
get your Bibles and read them, and teach 
your chddren what God would have them 
do. All of you are on your way to hell." 
He looked down on their Noble Grand 
and said, "Here is your leader, an old 
sinner Noble Grand, on his way to hell, 
and you are all following him, and this 
dead woman 3^oti brought here is lost; 
f-hc went to all your dances and card-par- 
ties, and you ought to have carried her 
straiglit to the cemetery." He said, 
''Here are women and men who have not 
been to a prayer-meeting this year, sit- 
ting up here with your long sticks and 
white gloves and blue rituals, wanting me 
to say this vv^oman is in heaven, but I 
cannot say so ; she followed up all your 
dances and card-parties and moving-pic- 
ture shows, so she died like she lived." 
He said, "I know vou are hurt about 

your lodge, but it is damning you all, and 
I am God's watchman and must tell you 
of your danger ; I will not compromise 
with the devil by not telling you. Go 
home and get your Bibles, and read, and 
run for your lives." 

The best thinking people are ashamed 
to have any one know that they belong to 
a lodge. God's ministers are coming out, 
and as soon as Lot comes out of Sodom 
God will consume it with the sword of 
LL's mouth (IL Thessalonians 2: 8). 
Yours for the work, 

(Mrs.) Lizzie Woods. 


Brown City, Mich., June 19, 1908. 

Dear Cynosttre — After the National 
Convention at Chicago, I returned lo 
hold some special meetings in the North 
Muskegon M. E. Church. I preached for 
one week. Eight or ten expressed a de- 
sire publicly to lead a new life. The 
Christian people seemed greatly encour- 

The following week I went to Hart to 
look after N. C. A. interests. I sold 
some more books, and distributed tracts. 

On Friday I came to Grand Rapids. 
In the afternoon I preached for Rev. H. 
A. Day at Walker W. M. Church, and 
at night at Grand Rapids W. M. Church. 
Both services were blessed and helpful. 

The following Tuesday and Wednes- 
day the Knights Templar of the State 
met in Grand Rapids. So on Sunday 
evening, before the sermon, I talked for 
half an hotir on the history, principles 
and practices of Knights Templarism, 
vvdiich the audience appreciated. On 
Tuesday I spoke on the same subject at 
two Christian Reformed schools. It was 
surprising to see the interest in and un- 
derstanding of secret societies, which 
some of these young folks have. I also 
gave instruction on Knight Templarism 
to two or three group meetings. The 
Cynosure re-enters the homes of two old 
subscribers, and nearly every old sub- 
scriber renewed. 

My next stopping place was Flint. Rev. 
H. Voorhess is planning to do more ag- 
gressive work against the Secret Emi- 

After an absence of more than five 

July, 1908. 



months I came to Elkton once more and 
distributed tracts and sold some boolcs. 
Some of the preachers of this town are 
casting- their influence against tlie cause 
of antisecrecy ; others are for the cause, 
but preach against nearly everything else 
imaginable, I^ut think it best to leave the 
lodge very respectfully alone. 

Yesterday I came to Sebewaing to look 
after the Cynosure. It is difficult to get 
to speak in a great many places, but i 
scarcely fail to get some kind of antise- 
cret literature, besides tracts, into every 

The cause of antisecrecy moves slowly 
in Michigan, but it moves, nevertheless. 

Yours for righteousness, 

G. A. Peo;ram. 



Centralia, 111., June 17, 1908. 

Dear Cynosure : Since I last wrote 
you I have attended the Baptist State 
Convention at Duquoin, 111., where I had 
the privilege of speaking". Rev. E. J. 
Fisher, of Chicago, and Rev. E. Hall, of 
Bloomington, preached powerful ser- 
mons, during" which the Secret Empire 
received a severe drubbing. I secured a 
few subscriptions at each place. 

I held a ten days' meeting here at the 
Central Baptist Church. Secret societies 
are very strong here. Churches are not 
as well patronized, even by professed 
Christians, as they should be, at any of 
their services. It is almost impossible to 
get more than five or six at any prayer 
meeting. But the lodges are usually well 
attended at all of their meetings. I have 
secured quite a few Cynosure subscrib- 
ers here and am m hope of leavening 
this city with antisecrecy. I have dis- 
tributed quite a number of tracts, which 
has caused quite a stir in lodgedom. 

I go next week to attend the State B. 
Y. P. U. and Sunday School Convention 
at Rockport, 111., where I shall endeavor 
to give the lodge a blow. From there I 
go South. Pray God's blessings upon 
my v.ork. Yours sincerely, 

F. James Davidson. 

502 North Elm street, Centralia, 111. 

What you are when no one is lookiup* 
IS what you are. .,, 


Bluffton, Ohio, June 18, 1908. 
Dear Cynosure : The month past has 
brought much work, largely centered in 
the Ohio State Convention, which we 
hold, God willing, in I'andora, June 29th 
and 30th. ' 

. The N. C. A. Annual Meeting was in- 
deed a season of refreshing. Though not 
quite in usual health, I enjoyed this our 
best Annual Meeting. The opportunity 
to visit kindred at Wheaton and else- 
where was improved. ■ 

I hastened to Ohio that I might con- 
sult with friends as to the best time and 
place for the Ohio meeting. That there 
are hundreds of places needing our meei- 
ing goes without saying. I judge we 
h.ave made no mistake in going to Pan- 
dora. The friends who welcome us there 
are of the Swiss Mennonite faith — an in- 
dustrious, thrifty people. 

En route to this section I held meet- 
ings in the Free Methodist church, Co- 
lumbus, Ohio. This work was w^ell sup- 
ported by both pastor and people. Rev. O. 
M. Shaw has been laboring among this 
people with good success. They are look- 
ing forward to the Annual Conference 
which comes to them this year. I was 
told some were present who had never 
listened to a discussion of the Lodge 
question, who, of course were forming 
opinions. Our good brother Harrington 
was not quite so well, but enjoying a 
bright hope for the future. His home 
was mine during my stay in the capital 

I have twice spoken, on invitation of 
the pastor of the Missionary church. 
Pandora, Ohio, to good-sized audiences 
leathered for oraver meetino-s. 

CD A. . , O 

Leading" the devotions at the Bluffton, 
Ohio, Mennonite College, I had opportu- 
nity to meet the students and let them 
know of my mission. The college year 
just closing is reported as successful in 
many ways. 

At a meeting of the classis of the Ger- 
man Reformed church for this section I 
was given a hearing of fifteen minute.^. 
There were two votes against giving me 
this hearing, the newly-elected pastor of 
Marion, Ohio, and the representative from 
his church. The representative said 'ix. 



July, lOOS. 

])elong'ed to three lodges and was prond 
of it. During- the discussion as to wheth- 
er J should be given a hearing the Alar- 
ion minister said I should not, because 
the Reformed church took no position on 
the lodge question. Another minister 
said that was just the reason why I 
sliould be heard. Dr. John Buchmann, 
pastor at Xew Knoxville, Ohio, said his 
churcli did not receive lodgemen. My 
address was in the nature of invitation 
and information ratlter than discussion. 
Some hoped tliere would be discussion 

Last Sabbath was spent with Wesleyan 
Methodist friends at Dunkirk, Ohio. 
Some of the churches were observing 
"Flao" Da^■." Mv theme in the mornin::*" 
was "The Christian Ensign." In the 
afternoon a special meeting gave oppor- 
tunity for the presentation of antisecrecy 
truth. The baneful effects of the lodges 
are much in evidence here. Many pas- 
tors mourn tlie situation ; others say we 
must make the be^t of the situation ; 
while still others sinfully advocate the 
lodge, even claiming their work better 
than that of the church. This may be 
true of some poor, sickly organization to 
which they minister. President J. Blan- 
chard used to say, 'Tt's a poor bird that 
destroys its own nest," yet some short- 
sighted men are doing this very thing ; 
and the worst of it is, tlie}^ are so blind- 
ed as to believe they are building the 
nest. Brother Omerod, pastor of the 
Wesleyan Methodist church at Dunkirk, 
is sound in the faith, and doing a good 
work, though meeting much opposition 
of course. 

I was glad to find Rev. F. W. Stanton, 
pastor of the large M. E. church at Ada, 
Ohio, on our side. He has seen mucli 
of the evil of the lodge. It is his inten- 
tion to address the Ohio convention. 

I have visited towns in this section too 
numerous to mention, and have been en- 
couraged in those willing to ''come up to 
the help of the Lord against the mighty. ' 
If I mistake not the general feeling, the 
Ohio convention is to be blessed and to 
be a blessing to many. A good program 
is arranged. With the divine blessing, 
all will be v/ell. There are many "Rad- 
ical" United Brethren churches in thi^ 

section. The names of John Levington 
and P. B. Williams are mentioned among- 
the N. C. A. workers here in other years. 
Oh, that God would stir those on the 
field to carry the banner on to greater 
victories ! It is harvest time. Let us 
gather together for the reforms. 

I go to the. United Presbyterian 
church, Huntsville, Ohio, for Sabbath.. 
Several lectures are arranged. 

W. B. Stoddard. 


It is an inexorable law of most all 
lodges to admit no children under the 
age of sixteen; and while fathers and 
mothers deem it expedient to belong to- 
a dozen or more orders at one time, what 
can be the inevitable result of the neg- 
lected fireside and nursery during attend- 
ance at these midnight revels? Nothing 
but the natural consequence, that these 
children who are left night after night 
until a late hour, will divert themselves 
as their own taste of pleasure dictates; 
and small wonder if the streets, or ques- 
tionable resorts, are well populated by 
lads and lassies of all ages from eight to 
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President Blanchard's Letter. 
Dear Fathers and Brethren : ■ ' 

It has been suggested that I write you, 
replying to various questions which were 
asked at our recent Convention, in 
Wheaton, and I accordingly do so. 

The^first question submitted was this: 

"Is there any sen'pfiire to justify the 
expression, 'The fatherhood of God, the 
brotherhood of man,' often quoted by 
lodge members?'' 

There is no scriptural justification for 
these expressions as ordinarily used. 
Thev seem to teach — probably are in- 
tended to teach — that all men are spir- 
itually sons of God. Of course, if this 
were true, then the expressions indi- 
cated would be quite correct. If all 
men are sons of God, then all men are 

spiritually brethren. It is true here, 
however, as it usually is, that there is a 
bit of truth associated with a serious 
error. The truth is relied upon to give 
the error currency. It is true that all 
men are the creation of God, and it is 
true that Jesus Christ has purchased sal- 
vation for all men, that "whosoever will 
may come." On the natural plane, and 
speaking as mere naturalists, we might 
talk of the fatherhood of God and the 
brotherhood of men. Rut spiritually all 
men belong to him whom they love and, 

Our Lord Jesus spoke directh' to this 
point when Jews said that the\- were 

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the children of (iod, that (jod was their 
Father. Fie replied, "Ye are of }our 
father the devil, and the lusts of your 
father ye will do," and then he went 
forward to tell what the works of Satan 
were, which these children of Satan 
would perform. 

Lodges, speaking generally, omit all 
reference to the mediation of Jesus 
Christ. Speaking generally, they all 
teach salvation by the deeds of the law. 
For this reason it is that they sa}- to 
us so many times, "If I can live up to 
the teaching of my lodge. I shall be 
as good a man as I need to be." This 
impression is produced almost univer- 
sally on the minds of secret society men. 
IM'ofessed Christians and those who are 
not professed Christians alike form this 
()])inion, that if they live up to the teach- 
ing of their order, they will be saved ; 
and this without repentance, without 
conversion, without the sacrifice, with- 
out the intercession of Jesus Christ. Of 
course any one who rests upon his own 
works for salvation, no matter how good 
the}' ma_\- be, is a l(^st person. 

'I'he expressions therefore shuuUl 
never l)e used by a Christian wiiluuit a 
clear cxphmation as to wliat he means. 
If he is speaking of the state of men 
by nature as the creation o\ God. all 
alike ruined and undone by sin. he has a 
right to use this expression ; but of he 
means to speak of the sj^iritual condi- 



August, 1911. 

tion of men. then only those persons are 
sons of God who have accepted Jesus 
Christ as Savior. "As many as received 
Him. to them gave He pOAver to become 
the sons of Goch'' He gave this power 
to no others, he gives it to no others 
now. All men are brethren in creation 
and in the loss and ruin of sin, but they 
are not brethren in the Kingdom of 
God. unless they have received Jesus 
Christ as Savior and Lord. 

Another Question. 

"The initiated of some seeret socie- 
ties assiniie their obligations by on oath, 
zeJiile others assume their obligations by 
ailinnation or_ a simple agreement. Is 
there any reason for this difference in 
the manner of conferring the obligations 
i)i the different orders?" 

Probably there is. As I have repeat- 
edly said hitherto, Freemasonry is the 
mother of modern secret societies. It 
was before the rest, excepting the Jes- 
uits, and Freemasons have been leaders 
in forming the other societies. Here we 
run across a bit of history. In 1826 
Freemasons murdered AVilliam Morgan 
for revealing the secrets of Masonry. 
The whole force of the executive in New 
York was used to bring those lodge mur- 
derers to justice, and the result was fail- 
ure. Lodge men who were supposed to 
be of the best character as citizens either 
perjured themselves or refused to tes- 
tif}'. A number of them went to jail 
for refusing- to do so. Ministers and 
members of churches throughout the 
whole country abandoned the Masonic 
order. Robert ^Morris, an eminent Free- 
mason, says that there were only fifty 
thousanrl Freemasons in the United 
States at that time, and that forty-five 
thousand of them left the lodges during 
that agitation. It was not until 1861 
that the ]\Iasonic lodge began to regain 
in any large way the g-round which it 
lost bv that murder. 

When the Civil War began, yoimg 
men entering the army were told that 
if they would join the Freemasons they 
would secure favor and help from rebel 
Freemasons in case of need. The result 
was that the membership of the Masonic 
lodges in the United States doubled in 
about five years. But before this great 
increase in the Masonic lodges a lot 
of lesser secret societies had been 
formed. They were invented and oper- 
ated by Freemasons, and their purpose, 
so far as we are able to determine it, was 
to break down the prejudices existing 
against the principle of secret associ- 
ation. People in general felt, as all hon- 
est people naturally do, that the very 
idea of secrecv is abhorent to worthy 
people, and is opposed to the princi- 
ple of Christianity and fair dealing. 
So there were necessary pretenses of 
various kinds put forth to get people 
into secret societies, and the objection- 
able features of Freemasonry were mod- 
ified in the new societies. The temper- 
ance orders are a case in point. The 
pretended object was to promote the 
cause of temperance. The ritual was 
made comparatively unobjectionable. But 
the meetings were to be secret, and this 
helped to popularize the principle of se- 
crecy, and at the same time helped to 
do away with the objections against the 
Masonic order. The Odd Fellows came 
in during those same years. Their pre- 
tense was to relieve the sick and suffer- 
ing", and while the order was constructed 
on the same plan as Freemasonry, with 
slight modifications, they put their ob- 
ligations in the form of solemn affirma- 
tions instead of bloodthirsty oaths. 

Statins: the reason for the difiference 
in the phrasing- of lodge obligations in 
a word, we would say that the orders 
which use the simple affirmation are the 
advance agents for the lodges which 
impose the bloody oaths, and the affirma- 
tion is used in the one case in order to 

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avoid horrifying tender consciences. 
When men have been trained in the af- 
firming orders, they become ready to 
take the oaths in the others. 
The Third Inquiry. 

"Is an obligation taken by an oath 
more binding than an obligation taken 
by consent or affirmation?" 

Certainly not. lA Christian man is 
absohitely held to any promise which he 
deliberately makes. He has no more 
right to lie than he has to swear falsely. 
All civil conrts so far as I am informed 
— certainly the conrts of onr own conn- 
try — recognize this fact. No man is 
compelled to swear in a civil conrt. If 
he says, ''Yonr honor, I do not wish to 
swear ; I will affirm," the court takes his 
affirmation just as it would his oath. 
This also agrees with the teaching of 
Jesus Christ. There are large numbers 
of most enlightened and worthy Chris- 
tian people who entirely refuse to swear, 
holding that Jesus has forbidden even 
the civil oath or the ecclesiastical oath in 
His teaching on that subject. There are 
many Christian people who^ do not adopt 
this extreme position, but I do not think 
there is any Christian who would say 
that a solemn affirmation is less binding 
than an oath. Certainly no Christian 
would say that it is lawful for himself 
or any other Christian to lie, and if not, 
then the lodges which bind men by 
])romises, bind them as thoroughly as 
if thev bound them by oaths. 

The question may then arise, Wh}^ 
should not the Freemasons do away with 
their oaths and their bloody penalties, 
and thus avoid the objections which all 
enlightened Christians have to this part 
of their procedure? The answer is, that 
Freemasonry does not like to change. 
Small modifications have been made from 
time to time in the ritual, so as to enable 
the lodges to catch those who wish to 
enter their assemblies without taking 
their oaths. But in general, Freemason- 

ry remains today what it was in the 1)C- 
ginning— a dark, profane, bloody con- 
spiracy against the rights of men and 
the church of Jesus Christ. They do 
not make any important changes, never 
have, probably never will. There is ev- 
ery reason to suppose that, to the end. 
Freemasonry will be what it has 1)cen 
from the beginning. 

Question Number Four. 

"JVhat should one do zvho Jias taken 
tJie first degree in Masonry^ under the 
assurance tJiat it would not conflict with 
any of his duties, when lie becomes sat- 
isfied that he ought to withdraw, but 
that if he does so, it will injure him aiid 
his friends?'' 

There are thousands of lodge men who 
are held to their obligations and mem- 
bership by this very fact. They know 
that if they follow their conscience and 
abandon the lodges their reputation will 
be injured so far as possible, their busi- 
ness enterprises will be destroyed, and 
their lives will be actually endangered. 
INlany men, from this fact alone, con- 
tinue in the orders, wdio know they 
ought to leave them, and who if they 
were not afraid would do so. 

We ought always to be kind and 
sympathetic in our thought and speech 
concerning such men. No man is sure 
what he would do under those circum- 
stances until he has been tried : and 
rash, harsh criticisms are not onl\- un- 
christian, but they are extremely fool- 
ish, even from the human standpoint. 

The question of duty, however, is a 
different matter. \\q are not here in- 
quiring what wc should say about per- 
sons in view of their actions, but we 
are asking wliat the actions of a Cln'ist- 
ian man under certain circumstances 
should l)e. ( )n this ground we arc abso- 
lutely clear. Jesus said, that if we love 
father or mother, or our own lives even, 
better than we love Flim, we are not 
worthv of Him. It is, therefore, the 



August, 1911. 

dut}- of all persons who have become 
entangled in secret societies to abandon 
them at every cost. This is the only an- 
swer which a Christian teacher can 
safel}' give to such a question as this. 

Another remark, however, can be 
made respecting the whole situation. 
While God requires us to be true to Him 
at all risks and every cost, still He has 
a loving- and tender care for His people, 
and those who are faithful to Him will 
be protected from ten thousand ills 
which they naturally fear and which 
would naturally follow. Brother Jacoby 
testified that one of the things which 
made him fear to come out from his 
lodges was the thoug'ht that his business 
would be destroyed. Yet he says that 
in the first year after he came out, for 
Christ's sake, and had gone to work to 
save men, his business actually turned 
in a thousand dohars more than it had 
realized for him diu'ing an}^ one year of 
his business life. Of course, he was do- 
ing business a Christian. He was phys- 
ically, mentally, and morally in better 
condition for doing business, than when 
he was living in sin. But the fact that 
God did not permit his withdrawal from 
three or four different lodges to injure 
his business has a bearing on the ques- 
tion which is before us. No man has a 
right to say that if a lodge man for 
Christ's sake leaves his lodge he w^ill 
make more money or as much money as 
if he were to- continue the bondslave of 
the orders. No man has a right to guar- 
antee a man against murder because he 
does his duty as a Christian man. But 
we do have a right to say that God loves 
to see His children believe and trust, 
and that in ways without number, and 
ways that we could not anticipate. He 
cares for and protects them. 

The life of our College at Wheaton is 
a confirmation of this truth. Secret so- 
ciety men for years have sought to con- 
vert students and me from it. If it had 

been possible they would have claimed 
it long ago. But God has not permitted 
this, and therefore the institution is 
stronger today than ever before in its 
history. This is not the result of hu- 
man forces in operation, but is a proof 
of the promise-keeping of God. So' we 
have a right to say to all brothers who 
have been entangled among the lodges, 
''Come out from among them and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and he will be 
a Father unto you." What can any saint 
desire greater than this? . 
Fifth Question. 

This was not submitted to me at the 
Conference, but I know it is in the minds 
of many persons, and I therefore deal 
with it briefly in this place. The ques- 
tion is this : 

"IV hat attitude should Christian peo- 
ple take respecting high schools zvhich 
train young people to violate civil lazvf" 

I am thinking of the Chicago high 
schools. As nearly every one knows, the 
secret societies were banished from those 
schools by law years ago. Appeals were 
made to the courts and the courts jus- 
tified the Board of Education. The tes- 
timony of the high school principals and 
of the high school teachers was practical- 
ly unanimous. The largest boards of ed- 
ucation and courts of justice throughout 
the country all spoke the same word. All 
said that secret societies in public 
schools were injurious and ought to be 
forbidden, or that boards of education 
had a right to forbid them if they con- 
sidered them so. ... 

True to their lodge nature, the frater- 
nity young people, encouraged by the 
older fraternity people, went forward 
and violated the law — secretly where 
they were compelled to, publicly where 
they dared. Some of the Board of Ed- 
ucation weakened and began to talk like 
politicians, rather than educators. The 
enforcement of the regulation was put 
off for a time, so that young people who 

Auo-ust, 1011. 



had been violating the order of the 
Board while they were being educated at 
public expense, could graduate from the 

Df course when lawlessness comes in, 
law and its representatives go out. Ac- 
cordingly the Bible has been declared un- 
fit for our public schools. No matter 
about the reason assigned, this is the 
substance of the decision. The Bible, 
and Christian hymns and prayers, for 
some reason or other, must be excluded 
from our public school system. A 
Christian people may be taxed for an 
unchristian education. In pursuance of 
this absurd and ridiculous, yet perfectly 
natural situation, the Board of Educa- 
tion in Belviderc were caused by a Cath- 
olic priest to omit prayer and the bene- 
diction from the graduating exercises of 
the high school. To the great honor 
of the class, be it said, that an over- 
whelming majority of them declined to 
have anything to do with a graduating 
exercise of that kind. They met in a 
]:)rivate home and had their exercises by 
themselves, while three members of the 
class and a small audience listened to 
the address which had been provided 
for the occasion. 

The question which I raise respecting 
this whole situation is this : What 
should Christian people dO' when the 
wells are being poisoned from which 
their children are to drink? It seems 
to me a very clear case. No educa- 
tion at all is far better than one wdiich 
shuts out the Bible and takes in fraterni- 
ties, dancing parties, and the like. Our 
fathers who planted the public school 
system in this country were God-fearing 
men and women. They had no patience 
with idolaters of any kind. Thev put 
the New Testament at the foundation of 
public education. The whole system 
was ])ermeated by the Christian spirit, 
lluis the}- builded a magnificent empire 
of states which has alreadv become the 

pattern and example for the govern- 
ments of the world. Thev hallowed 
the Sabbath, they placed Christian mor- 
ality at the foundation of church and 
state. Their children prospered in the 
land wdiich their toils had won, pros- 
pered beyond all expectation, until the}' 
have now become the w^ealthiest and in 
some respects the mightiest nation of the 

The poor and oppressed of all nation > 
have been flocking by millions to shelter 
themselves under the temple of libert}' 
which our fathers raised, and now' what 
do we see? The very foundations of 
law, order and religion uprooted b\' 
those who live in luxury on the taxes 
of a Christian people. A little handful 
of men who but yesterday were in dan- 
ger of being driven out of house, com- 
ing to the United States and asking for 
the privilege of driving the Christian re- 
ligion out of the institutions whose 
shelter they invoke. 

But what should we do respecting 
these matters ? I w-as reading todav 
about what our Pilgrim fathers did when 
their liberties were infringed, and the 
lives of their children were in danger. 
It is beautiful to read the story of that 
day. How strong and brave and true 
they were ! If the Christian people of 
our time could have but half their cour- 
age, this impudent interference with the 
rights of the American people would 
soon be a thing of the past. Are we not 
a shameless and degenerate people if we 
cannot maintain the rights wdiich were 
preserved for us at such a price? 

With best regards, I am now and al- 

Your friend and brother. 

Charles A. Blanchard. 

There are ])eople who would do great 
acts, but, because the\' wait for great 
opportunities, life passes, and acts of 
love are nin done at iiU.— -Selected. 





Cl)t J^otoer of t|)e Secret Cmpire 

"Bh ^i)90 ©♦ ©♦ JFlacc 


Masonry Protecting Murderers — Vox 
Populi, Vox Dei. 

One nio-ht about a week after these 
events there was a meeting of two men 
at a cross-road a Httle way out of the 
village : which meeting was evidently not 
accidental ; for one of the two had been 
pacing restlesslv back and forth for 
some time in a state of mingled agitation 
and expectancy, and now greeted the 
other with only these three abruptly 
spoken words : 

"SJic is dead!" 

His companion started and a quick 
change passed over his face. To a man 
accustomed to taking a good position in 
society and being flattered and smiled on 
accordingly, the vision of possible arrest 
at the hands of the law^ could hardly be 
an agreeable subject of contemplation ; 
but there is an old saying which tells 
us to give even the Prince of Darkness 
his due, and I am willing to believe that 
[NTaurice Jervish felt for one instant a 
real pang of remorse — though only a 
passino; sentiment, quickly overpowered 
]3v selfish considerations for his own 

''This is a horrible business." he finally 
answered. "There will be a tremendous 
fuss made, I suppose, when the afifair 
comes to be looked into." 

'T shall have to lay low until it blows 
over," returned the other. "So now, 
Jervish, vou must let me have a hundred 
dollars : I can't go without it ; my affairs 
are in a devil of a fix." 

"Haven't got more than fift}^ by me." 

"Then borrow the other fifty, can't 
you?" said his companion, impatiently. 
"T must clear out of here tonight or it 
is a jail matter.'' 

"You forget that this confounded ugly 
bu-iness is likely to get me into a tight 
box as well as you," said Jervish, un- 
easily. "But I'm willing to do the best I 
can. There's a private room in my of- 
fice. Come down there with me and we'll 
talk the matter over." 

"T know you are thinking of your own 
skin, but I've got some regard for mine,'* 
answered the other, with cool contempt. 
"And I w^ant you to understand that the 
sooner I'm off and out of the reach of 
pursuit the better for you. I might prove 
a very inconvenient witness before the 
coroner's jury. 

"Oh. come." said Jervish, alarmed at 
the threat. "What is the use of talking 
like that. I'll "^et the'monev of Mont- 
fort or some other member of the lodge. 
They won't get wind of the aft'air before 
to-morrow morning, and that will give 
you plenty of time for a fair start." 

"I've got the night before me. and, 
luckily, a good fast horse," returned the 
other, after a moment's reflection. "Per- 
haps I had better go down to the oflice 
and you can bring me the monev there. 
Only be quick about it." 

Jervish handed him the key of his 
ofiice in silence and the two separated. 

While this conversation was going on, 
in a house that stood a little way back 
from the road and not far from their 
place of meeting lay all that w^as mortal 
of Mary Lyman. The seal of the death 
angel was on those fast-closed lids, and 
the lines of weariness and pain left by 
the last struggle made the beautiful face 
look even sadder than in life, as, framed 
in its rippling abundance of tawny gold 
hair, it looked up white and silent, bear- 
ing mute but awful witness that a deed 
of murder had been done. 

]*klean while ^Maurice Jervish. in no en- 
viable frame of mind, was directing his 
steps toward the house of Colonel Mont- 
fort. It was decidedly the largest and 
most pretentious in the village, for the 
Colonel was a man of considerable prop- 
erty, gained not so much in lawfifl busi- 
ness as by certain shad}^ transactions al- 
ready referred to. Ringing the bell he 
was soon admitted into a room styled 
the library, though the Colonel was not 
a man of scholarly tastes, and spent 
more time smoking than in reading any- 
thing older than the morning newspaper 

August, 1911. 



— and proceeded at once to state his 
business, with which the reader is al- 
ready famihar. 

''The deuce ! This is goini^- a Httle 
too far, Jervish, Of course the lodge 
will do its best to bring- you off all right, 
but the truth is we have got about 
enough to shoulder already. A good 
many liere in Granby are all ripe for an 
Antimasonic excitement, and a less af- 
fair than this would be quite sufficient 
to kindle one. That infernal scceder, 
Severns, is capable of turning the whole 
neighborhood upside down, to say noth- 
ing of the Methodist parson, his brother- 
in-law." And with an amiable wish that 
he might see us both consigned to 
regions unmentionable — for I must stop 
to remark that the Colonel was a man 
of decidedly profane habits of speech, 
which is nothing very surprising consid- 
ering the fact that at one time and an- 
other he had taken a matter of several 
hundred oaths, each one far surpassing 
in studied insult to Jehovah's name the 
profanity of an ignorant Irish drayman 
— he took out his pocketbook with a 
rather disturbed air and proceeded to 
count out some bills which he handed to 
Jervish. ' . • , 

The latter clutched the money eagerly. 
He had in truth been rather impatient 
of the preceding lecture and cared little 
for the possible "Antimasonic excite- 
ment" so vividly present to the Colonel's 
imagination, in the narrower and more 
personal subject of alarm which now 
absorbed his thoughts. 

The Colonel, left alone, lit a cigar and 
puffed away uneasily. What was it to 
him — this foul murder of an unpro- 
tected orphan girl? He was sorry the 
aft'air liad happened. It was really un- 
fortunate. Rut with all his Masonic de- 
grees of knighthood did a single thrill 
of indignation at this double outrage on 
the weak and defenseless, attest to one 
faint >park lingering- within him of the 
true knigditly spirit of old? Did this 
■'Prince of ]^Iercy,'' who had dared to 
take at the same profane shrine one of 
the divinest titles of the crucified Re- 
deemer — a title the most precious to the 
heart of his church on earth, and his 
l)riohtest crown of glory among the 
shining ranks of heaven — feel even a 
throb of pure human regret or sorrow 

for the young life whose lamj) had gone 
out forever in such starless gloom? 

I trow not. He finished his cigar, sat 
down and wrote a few liurried lines, ad- 
dressed tO' the village sheriff, also a 
member of Fidelity Lodge, and having 
sealed the note, transmitted it by a trusty 
messenger. He had learned by certain 
former experiences that it is not impos- 
sible to make an affair even more "un- 
fortunate" than this redound to the glory 
of the lodge by a skillful use of those 
secret tactics which such men know so 

Among- the many profane boasts by 
which Masonry and its kindred order. 
Odd-fellowship, seeks tO' ''exalt itself 
above all that is called God or that is 
worshiped," we hear it sometimes said, 
"the members of secret lodges hang to- 
gether better than the church." Now 
this matter in the light of the above 
scene, is certainly worth inquiring into. 
It is a deplorable fact that a band of 
thieves and murderers will sometimes 
"hang together" when a party of philan- 
tliropists will split asunder over some 
miserable shibboleth ; but the reason for 
this is not hard to seek. Selfishness is 
a strong cement of union, and is it 
strangle that wdth our imperfect human 
race it is often stronger than the bond 
of the most disinterested love? Besides, 
it must be remembered that a band of 
philanthropists do not need to ''hang- 
together" for the purpose of shielding 
each other's crimes — for this is reallv 
all the argument amounts to, though like 
other pieces of lodge sophistry it palms 
itself off- on many an honest but unre- 
flecting- mind for the truth. But how 
long, () ye Christian pastors, will vou 
let "the simple perish for lack of under- 
standing?" How long- shall these false 
teachers "bring in damnable heresies," 
and you. Gallio-like, "care for none of 
these things?" 

The night wore away. Like a queen 
in gold of Ophir, all her garments smell- 
ing of myrrh and aloes and cassia, rose 
the fair regal morning without a cloud 
on its glory ; and the light of day fell 
at last on the white upturned face, and 
slowly the village of Ch-anby woke to 
the fact that murder had l:)cen done. 

A coroner's ]uv\ was speedily im- 
paneled and a post mortem examination 



August, 1911. 

left no doubt of the cause of Alary 
T.AiTian"s death. The sudden fliqiit of 
tlie physician at whose house she died 
pointed him out conclusively as the 
i^uilty tool, and a warrant was at once 
issued for his apprehension. 

A number of men started in pursuit, 
the majority being g-ood and honest citi- 
zens who owned allegiance to no power 
but their lawful government, and to this 
circumstance, quite as much as the delay 
caused b}^ an accident tO' "the good fast 
horse" on which he had relied for safety, 
was due the fact that the doctor was 
overtaken and brought back to Granby. 

His witness before the jury cleared 
up all remaining mystery about the case. 
Perhaps he thought it w-ould be better 
for himself if he made a clean breast of 
the whole affair seeing that the evidence 
of his gTiilt was too overwhelming to 
be denied, and the result of his testi- 
mony was most damaging proof against 
Jervish, whO' still stayed about town, 
knowing that his flight at this particular 
juncture would only point suspicion 
towards him as the real author of Mary 
Lyman's death. 

The proceedings were cs parte— the 
jurv's business being simply to obtain 
evidence against the guilty parties. 
\\'hile we were in session — for, reader, 
I was on that jury and know whereof 
I affirm — at precisely the point when this 
new witness, whose name was Dr. 
Forsvth, thous^h the name is immaterial 
as he has no after connection with my 
story, was about to give his testimony, 
we w^ere joined by lawyer Burroughs, a 
practicing attorney of the village and a 
member of Fidelity Lodge, who appar- 
ently dropped in for no other purpose 
than to kindly aid, with his legal knowl- 
edge, the examinations of the jury. He 
was a man whose words were softer than 
oil and smoother than butter, though at 
need they could be sharper than drawn 
swords. ,A thrill of susoicion shot 
through m^ when he entered, but it 
seemed like a breach of charity to think 
him actuated by any other motive than 
the simple desire to serve justice, so in- 
tently did he listen to the testimony, 
so earnest did he appear to have all the 
facts elicited which had a bearing on the 
case. But when the closing of the pris- 
oner's testimony left us nothing to do 

but to draw up a formal warrant for 
the arrest of Maurice Jervish, the be- 
fore-mentioned attorney looked at his 
watch and quietly remarked : . 

"T need not stay longer now the wit- 
ness is all in. I see it goes hopelessly 
against my client, but as I am counsel 
for Mr. Jervish I felt bound to stop and 
see it through." And so saying he left 
the room, unmindful of the indignant 
surprise which was visible on every face, 
unless I except the only Masonic mem- 
ber of the jur}^ who sat in a corner 
busily trimming his nails, from which 
engrossing occupation he did not take 
the trouble to lift his head as the door- 
closed behind the retreating attorney. 

But another surprise awaited us. The 
coroner had just penned the warrant, 
and it only waited our signatures, when 
information was brought to the jury- 
room that Jervish had fled, having 
learned — no cloubt through the Masonic 
lawyer — of Forsyth's arrest and his 
own danger. Then, and not till then, 
did we realize in what an impudent and 
shameless fashion the jury had been 

''Just like Burroughs to serve us such 
a trick, the mean, sneaking rascal!" 
broke out one of the jurors, ordinarilv 
a quiet man, but just now roused to a 
perfect white heat of indignant wrath 
over this example of Masonic double 

"Well, the mischief is done," said an- 
other ; "the best thing we can do is to 
sign the warrant right off and get it 
into the hands of the sheriff" as soon as 
we can." 

Quickly each man wrote his name — 
all but the A/Tasonic juror. Oh, that 
precious hour and a half wasted in try- 
ing to argue with one whose stupidity — 
if it had been real instead of pretended — 
ought to have consigned him to an 
asylum of imbeciles! But 1 have under- 
stood better ever since how one Mason 
can so obstruct the wheels of law as to 
cause "truth to fall in the streets and 
turn justice backward." For that hour 
and a half was improved to the utmost 
by Jervish in making his escape. 

The next thing was to put the writ 
in the hands of the sheriff", but in 
vain we waited to hear news of 
Jervish's arrest. Sheriff' Simonds had 

August, ll'U. 



his own notions of Masonic duty which 
aPTced verv weh with those entertained 
by Colonel IMontfort. The latter's note 
the previous evening had done its work, 
though my knowledge that he influenced 
the sheriff to betray his official trust by 
a reference to his Masonic obligations, 
and a promise that the lodge would 
shield him from consequences, as well 
as other incidents here related, has been 
pieced out from the various disclosures 
that leaked out at different times either 
through legal investigation or the less 
formal ]>rocess of hearsay. 

Hour after hour passed. Men g-ath- 
ered in knots, excited, indignant, and 
talked the matter over, indulging in free 
comments on the shameful inactivity of 
the sheriff", as well as the conduct of 
Burroughs in contriving to possess him- 
self of all the testimony against Jervish, 
and then going- straight from the jury-- 
room to warn his client. And as the 
talk went on it w-as easy to see that the 
smouldering fires of popular indignation 
needed but slight fanning to burst into 
a fierce flam'e. There is something awful 
in such a rising of outraged justice when 
the people unite as one man to execute 
vengeance. T know of but one thing- 
more terril)le to meet — the face of the 
Judge in the Great Day of His wrath. 

Before the sun set Colonel Montfort 
-dud his clique were likely to get such 
a dose of Antimasonic excitement as 
tliey little calculated on. 

"The sheriff is a Mason and an Odd- 
fellow. He don't want to arrest Jer- 
vish, that's plain to be seen," I heard 
remarked in one of these excited groups. 
Alasons and Odd-fellows are bound to 
stand by each other. That's what the\- 
all say." 

"Well, T don't know much about the 
( )d(l-fello\vs, only thev and the Masons 
seem to be hand and glove together," 
observed another. 'T've heard it said 
that Masonry was a good thing for 
some of our men w-hen they fell into the 
hands of the rebels in the war, but wlien 
it comes to secreting and running off" 
criminals there's two sides to the (jues- 
tion." . 

"I've got a story to tell on that jwint," 
spoke up a man who wore a soldier's 
coat, "\\nien T w^as in the army I used 
to see a good deal of Masonry — from 

the outside ; I never was one myself. I 
know of one of our colonels that in the 
battle of South Mountain would have 
been cashiered for cowardice if he 
hadn't been a Mason. Somehow the 
court-martial didn't convict, and not a 
great while after he was promoted. But 
that ain't the story I was going to tell. 
I was in Custer's command and a batch 
of us were taken prisoners ])y guerrilla- 
(ieneral Mosby. He ordered that seven 
drawn by lot be hung' in retaliation for 
the hanging of seven of his men by the 
Unionists. Among- those that drew the 
marked ball was a lieutenant that I knew 
very well. I never saw these men again. 
They were carried off to a place near 
Sheridan's headquarters and hung. I 
and some others got exchanged after a 
while and about a year afterward I met 
this same lieutenant alive and well. T 
thought you wan't in the land of the 
living,' says I, when we came to speak. 
M shouldn't have been,' says he, 'if I 
hadn't been a Mason ; that saved m)- 
life.' I tell you I thought Masonrv was 
a mighty good thing after hearing that, 
and I had a great idea of joining them 
myself, but there's a sequel to it, as they 
say. When the war was over I fell in 
with a man that had been a Confederate 
soldier and knew all about the hanging 
of these men- — saw it done. Well, I asked 
about the lieutenant. 'He w^as a Free- 
mason,' says he; T saw him give the 
sign to my colonel and saw him return 
it. The colonel went oft" and a little 
while after he came back with two pris- 
oners of his own that he handed to the 
(officer who had charge of the aft'air. 
Thev were placed on the fatal line instead 
of the lieutenant, who was set free, and 
their two lives went for his." " 

A thrill of horror ran through the 
group, which was now consideraldy en- 
lareed. The soldier's story had only 
added fuel to the fire. Every minute 
the excitement deepened as fresh cause in 
the c(mtinued inactivity of the sheriff" or 
seme rumor of a new attempt on the 
|)art of the lodge to thwart justice, 
fanned the flame. 

Suddenh- the cr\- rose n|). at hrst 
from a single throat, then caught up and 
repeated by others. "Teai" down I'ur- 
roughs' office! L\'nch the Masonic 
scoundrel !" 



August. 1911. 

The mob spirit was fast taking pos- 
session of the crowd, which, now swelled 
to hundreds, had o-athered about the 
court-house, when. a clear, commanding- 
voice, addressing them from the steps 
of the building, made a temporary 

"These men are acting on their own 
responsibility and not in accordance with 
their obligations as Masons. While I 
utterly denounce the conduct of the 
sheriff as a most base betrayal of his of- 
ficial duty, I appeal to you, fellow towns- 
men and citizens, to come to the aid of 
the law, and allow no deed of violence 
to be committed which will only obstruct 
its course. Justice shall be done. I ask 
your help in ferreting out the murderer, 
and when he is found rest assured that 
no lodge obligation, real or fancied, shall 
screen him from the punishment he de- 

The clear, ringing voice penetrated 
to the farthest edge of the crowd. The 
speaker himself stood in fair Anew, his 
dark eyes glowing like coals of fire under 
the full, massive brow, his pale face paler 
by contrast. Everybody knew him — 
Anson Lovejoy, Master of the lodge. 

There is a mighty force in simple 
sincerity. Not a man in that excited 
throng' abhorred more intensely the crime 
which had been committed than did he, 
or felt a more burning desire to see in- 
sulted law avenged in the speedy arrest 
of the criminal. And when he threw 
the odium of all this obstructing of jus- 
tice on the shoulders of individual 
Masons instead of the lodge itself, there 
were enough who believed him in the 
face of their own previous convictions, 
not to say the evidence of their own 
senses, to make a perceptible difference 
in the attitude of the crowd. A more 
calm and reasonable spirit was succeed- 
ing the tumultuous excitement which 
had threatened at one time to end in 
mob violence. The advocates of lynch 
law were silent and under the reaction 
thus made the throng slowly and by 
degrees dispersed. 

A few hours later I was at home at- 
tending to some duty about the farm 
when Anson Lovejoy came hurriedly up, 
his face still pale but settled into those 
grave, determined lines which speak the 
man whose whole soul is roused to meet 
a crisis. 

''Mr. Severns, I want the loan of your 
fastest horse. I have just received news 
that Jervish has left his hiding place 
where he has been secreted all this time 
and hired a man by the name of Leach to 
take him across the river. This Leach 
is a poor, worthless fellow, who never 
has any money and is therefore easily 

''What will Masons think of your 
action in this matter?" I said, as I threw 
the halter over the neck of the beautiful 
roan, acknowledged one of the fastest 
steeds in the neighborhood, and led him 
out. "Depend upon it, your part in to- 
day's affair will never be overlooked or 
forgiven by the lodge." 

"I care not," he answered, "I am act- 
ing up to my Masonic obligations as I 
understand them. God do so to me and 
more also if I knowingly leave a single 
stone unturned that is hindering the way 
of justice." 

Tie spoke with solemn, almost fierce 
earnestness — then, after an instant's 
silence, added in his usual tone. "While 
you are getting the horse ready I will 
speak with Mrs. Severns a moment," 
and so saying he stepped quickly across 
to the open side door where he had 
always until now met with the ready 
admittance accorded to a friend and 

What he was going to say to Rachel 
I know not, for he was given no chance 
to say it, but I think a desire to have 
her Godspeed in the task to which he 
had set himself prompted the action. 

Rachel met him just as he was enter- 
ing, with stern face and forbidding ges- 
ture. vShe had not heard his conversa- 
tion with me or very likely would not 
have addressed him exactly as she did. 

"Not a step farther. No murderer or 
companion of murderers crosses my 

"Mrs. Severns !" he exclaimed, star- 
tled, astonished. 

"I mean what I say," she answered, 
firmly. "You uphold this dark, unclean 
system of the lodge and thus make your- 
self a partaker in the innocent blood it 
has shed. Go !" 

The reader must excuse Rachel, un- 
just as she was, for her very soul was 
boiling within her, and this passionate 
outburst was due to a deeper cause than 
the common feeling of indignation which 

August, 1911. 



possessed the community at large. In 
divine faith that she might yet redeem to 
virtue and happiness the erring soul 
which had mistaken a cold, deceiving- 
mirage for the water of affection, and 
for whom henceforth society would have 
no use but to cast out and trample under 
foot, she had planned and labored as 
only a Christian woman can. And this 
was the terrible ending ! The prey for 
which she had wrestled with Satan had 
been basely, cruelly torn out of her hand, 
and she felt something of the fury of 
the bereaved lioness when she confronted 
Anson Love joy. 

''I assure you, Mrs. Severns," he be- 
gan again, and again she interrupted 
jiim, though this time her voice was a 
trifle softer, her manner a shade gentler. 

''I^ accuse you of nothing but of being 
allied to such a system. And that is 
enough. Shall a man take fire in his 
bosom and not be burned? No, Mr. 
Love joy, no adhering Mason from 
henceforth receives a welcome under 
my roof." 

And she turned from him and walked 
away, leaving" the victim of this severe 
castigation to recover from it as well 
as lie could. And certainly for a moment 
Anson Lovejoy looked rather dejected. 
He was without domestic ties, his wife 
having died in the first year of their 
marriage, and I well understood, or 
thought I did, how this sudden closing 
against him of a home where he had 
always been a welcome guest, dropping 
in at any time when his business per- 
mitted, thus seeming to find some faint, 
shadowy compensation for his own bur- 
ied joys, would naturally affect him. 

But he quickly recovered himself, and 
going to wdiere the horse now stood in 
readiness leaped into the saddle. As he 
did so I took occasion to say — 

"Rachel has a sharp tongue, but her 
heart is all right. Some time she will 
see that she has done you injustice." 

'T hope so, Mr. Severns," he an- 
swered. . "But" — and he spoke with the 
grave, slow emphasis of one recording 
a vow — "if Masonry is what from this 
(lay's w^ork I have reason to fear it is, 
and I remain connected with it an hour 
longer than I can help, I shall merit 
the severest denunciations she has heaped 
upon me." 

And he rode swiftly away to join the 
])ursuing party, which had halted at an 
appointed place of meeting, and were 
now discussing which of two different 
roads the fugitive had j)robably taken. 
A few outsiders had gathered about, 
among them the sheriff', who seemed to 
take an extraordinary interest in the 
settling of this question considering his 
previous inactivity. 

"I tell you, Lovejoy, if you take the 
direction of Quipaw Creek you'll miss 
it," he said, excitedly. "Jervish has 
gone more south." 

"My men are on the right track," re- 
turned Lovejoy, composedly, in whose 
mind the last lingering doubt whether 
he was really taking the route Jervish 
had gone was now dispelled by the sher- 
iff's evident anxietv to have him q:o tlie 
opposite way. 

"But I tell you," repeated the sheriff" 
in still more excited tones, "a man told 
me not more than an hour ago that he 
had met him and Leach on the road." 

This piece of information made some 
of the party waver but had no effect on 
their staunch leader, who issued his 
command to set off at once in the direc- 
tion of Quipaw Creek, at which the 
sheriff called to his aid considerable pro- 
fanity, not necessary to repeat, in con- 
firmation of what he had said, provoking 
from one of the number as they rode 
away this satirical speech — 

"Set the fox to guard the hen-coop, 
will ye? When I do that T'll take advice 
from a Mason. If you knew all this 
about Jervish an hour ago whv wan't 
you off* after him instead of loafing about 
with the coroner's warrant lying idle in 
your pocket?" 

And the discomforted sheriff', who had 
certainly striven heroically to fulfill his 
Masonic obligations, retired amid more 
hooting- and jeering than was quite 

Swiftly, steadily, the pursuers pressed 
on, and before long came in sight of a 
common farm wagon apparently loaded 
with meal-bags. The driver of the wagon 
was quickly recognized by several" of 
the party to whom he was well known, 
as the man who had undertaken to aid 
Jervish in his flight. But Leach sat 
alone on the seat, driving. Where was 
his companion? 



August, lilll. 

An order from Lovejoy to search the 
wagon soon settled this question. The 
vehicle was found to be so arranged by 
sticks laid across — the seeming- meal- 
bags, which were in reality stuffed with 
hav. placed on these, and high enough 
from the floor of the wagon to make a 
hiding- place for the miserable Jervish, 
who was now ignominiously dragg-ed 
therefrom, and Colonel Montfort's 
friend, the elegant man of society, spent 
that night in the county jail to the great 
satisfaction of all worthy citizens of 
Granb}'. with wdiom, now that the chief 
criminal was caught, the Antimasonic 
excitement subsided as rapidly as it rose. 
(To be continued.) 


Many of our readers will be glad to 
know that the seventy-five thousand dol- 
lars which was required to secure the 
gift of twenty-five thousand dollars 
from Mr. Carnegie has been raised. 
The subscriptions were not quite all 
paid, but business men desiring the com- 
pletion of 'the payment advanced the 
money on their own responsibility, so 
that the gift of Mr. Carnegie is now 
assured. The College is indebted to 
these men and also to the Gary-VVheaton 
bank for their kind services in connec- 
tion with this fund. The money was 
advanced by the above named bank on 
the security mentioned. 

One of the last year's graduates has 
just been called to a principalship in 
^Montana at a salary of twelve hundred 
dollars per year. 

A list of public ofiicers who are grad- 
uates of Wheaton College was compiled 
by some friend and is of interest as 
showing that the training for leadership 
which is a special work of the college as 
distinguished from other schools, is not 
a failure. Judge O. N. Carter, a grad- 
uate of the class 1877, has recently been 
chosen by his associates on the Supreme 
bench of Illinois to be Chief Justice of 
that court. Mr. Robert Woolston has 
just been appointed superintendent of 
the Illinois School for the Blind at Jack- 
sonville, 111. He has been for years a 
successful teacher in that institution. It 
is remarkable that nearly forty per cent 
of the leading civil offices in Du Page 
Countv and Wheaton are filled bv 

Wheaton College men. Besides these 
the college is represented throughout 
the land by a goodly number of the best 
pastors, lawyers, editors- and teachers. 

President Blanchard has preached 
three Baccalaureate sermons this sea- 
son. One was for the Bible Training 
School O'f Fort Wayne, Indiana ; anoth- 
er for the Nurses' Training School and 
the School of Domestic Economy at the 
Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek, 
Mich. ; the third sermon was before his 
own College at Wheaton. He was also 
invited to give graduating address- 
es before high schools as follows : But- 
ler, Indiana ; Princeton, Kentucky ; Eliz- 
abeth, Illinois; Chicago Heights, Illi- 
nois, and Barrington, Illinois. His 
health is much better than it has been 
for the past two years and he is expect- 
ing to do more teaching in the college 
next year than for a number of years 


Rev. Myron C. Wilcox, twenty-five 
years a missionary in China, and former 
editor of the Chinese Christian Advo- 
cate, assisted by Mr. Wong Gang Hwo, 
a Chinese Christian and scholar, is 
translating and publishing non-sectarian 
religious books for China's millions. 
The books are printed at Shanghai, 
China, in the Wen-li or classical lan- 
guage which is read throughout the 

This work is supported by special 
contributions. All amounts are wel- 
comed and receipted for. A group photo 
of Messrs. Wong and Hwong (in Chi- 
nese costume) and of Rev. M. C. Wil- 
cox, will be mailed to each person send- 
ing one dollar or more, and to every 
Sunday School, Christian Endeavor So- 
ciety, Epworth League, or other young 
people's soeiety, sending at least two 
dollars for this work. It is earnestly 
hoped that each reader will help and 
also tell others about this indispensable 
form of mission work. Address Rev. 
M. C. Wilcox, Box 671, Mt. Vernon, 

"When you can stand face to face 
with waste, folly, extravagance, spirit- 
ual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus 
endured it — that is victory." 

August, 1911. 





Two thousand dollars damages have 
been awarded by the master to whom 
the case against the quarry workers in- 
ternational union of North America and 
the derrick men's international union of 
North America was referred. This is 
the largest award ever made in the state 
of Massachusetts for alleged interference 
by unions with any man's work and pros- 
perity. The unions having asked for rul- 
ings of the law which were denied by 
the master, it was thought that the case 
might go to the full bench. 

It appears that in May, 1909, the com- 
])lainant, who is a granite cutter, was a 
foreman of the Massachusetts Pink 
Granite Company; and that in 1903 he 
had taken a withdrawal card from the 
quarrymen's union, being- told that hav- 
ing become a foreman he could not be 
a member. , 

Soon after work began in February. 
1909, two men named Dacey and Ma- 
honey applied for work, but having all 
the men he could furnish with work Just 
then, he postponed engaging them to 
such time as he could give them the 
same chance as any one to fill a vacancy. 
Dacey repeatedly made application, and 
complained that others seemed to enjoy 
a preference. This charge the foreman 
denied. The master says, 'Tt is this 
impression received by Dacey, regardless 
of whether it had any reasonable founda- 
tion, which was really at the bottom of 
the trouble which subsequently arose." 
No evidence was brought which in any 
wa}^ tended to show that the foreman of 
the company had violated any agree- 
ment with the union. Although Dacey 
testified that others had paid an initia- 
tion fee of one dollar and a half, he had 
made a motion to compel this foreman to 
be initiated and to pay a fee of fifty 
dollars. When he explained that he had 
a withdrawal card, Dacey denied the 
value of the card, though it appears to 
have borne his own official signature. 

No one made any additional complaint 
of the foreman. Yet the president of 
the company was informed that a ten 
(la}s' strike was on account of the pur- 

pose of the men not to work under that 
foreman. It is said that when the presi- 
dent left it to them to decide by vote, 
fourteen out of the thirt\- ballots were 
for retaining him. Nevertheless, as there 
were two more Dacey-Mahone}- votes, 
the president carried out his agreement 
with the union by discharging a good 
foreman. Soon afterward tlie same com- 
pany employed him four daAS, but not as 
foreman. At other quarries where he ap- 
plied he was refused work because he 
could not give assurance that he had 
made a settlement with the union. His 
wages between the time of his discharge 
and the shutting down of work at the 
quarry in December, 1909, would have 
been $588. His entire earnings since his 
discharge at the instigation of Dacey 
have been not over one hundred and 
fifty dollars. He has been obliged to sell 
the home he owned. The evidence 
showed that but for the vote taken at 
the quarry his entirely satisfactory serv- 
ices would have been retained; that hi> 
inability to secure other situations was 
due to the union ; that the fifty-dollar 
demand was unjust discrimination as to 
the initiation fee ; and that until the vic- 
tim of relentless injustice submitted to 
the union he would never be permitted to 
work as a journeyman, or to "secure em- 
ployment as a foreman in the trade or 
calling in which he is skilled, and the 
only one for which his experience and 
training fit him." The master's decision 
is: "If the court rule that the com- 
plainant is entitled to recover damages, 
then I find and rule that he is entitled to 
damages in the sum of $2,000, including 
loss of wages as above stated." 


In an article devoted to the question 
whether Collective Barefainino- is to fail, 
the IJ'all Street Journal advocates the 
principle, but shows how it may fail in 
practice. Describing a case in England 
which it regards as one involving a new- 
test, it proceeds by saying : 

"Of all the methods of reconciling dis- 
putes on the wage question, the trade 
agreement between representatives of 
bt)th parties, known as 'collective bar- 
gaining,' has undoubtedly served the nur- 
pose best. 'This method of avoiding 
strikes,' sa}s a recent reviewer of the la- 



August 1911. 

bor problem, 'has proved eft'ective in 
many cases which involved reliable nn- 
ions. such as railroad brotherhoods, the 
boot and shoe workers, the miners' un- 
ions and many others.' Compared with 
settlement by outside arbitration boards, 
whether official or otherwise, compul- 
sory or voluntary, the collective bargain 
is easily the best method yet developed. 

"The success of collective bargaining- 
depends, in the last resort, upon the re- 
liability of the parties to the agreement. 
In the case of the British dispute, em- 
ployes in the Fern mills refused to abide 
by the agreement signed by their official 
representatives. For reasons of the com- 
monest honesty, to say nothing of the 
consequences involved, it is hardly con- 
ceivable that any such action could be 
justiiied. Has the ruinous British engi- 
neers' strike of the '90s been entirely 
forgotten ? 

'AATthin the past year employers in a 
Danbury hat manufacturers' agreement 
were responsibly charged with breaking 
their own pledges. The moral fiber of 
the manufacturer must at least equal in 
quality that of the other party to the 


(From the Chicago Daily News.) 

A scene in Chicago on a certain sum- 
mer night in 181 2 is thus pictured by 
Parrish in the pages of "Historic Illi- 
nois'' :— 

"That little stockade O'f logs, erected 
on the southern bank of the Chicago 
river, within sound of the booming 
waves of the lake, the great, silent plains 
stretching all around it, was an animated 
scene that night of final preparation. 
John Kinzie had brought his family 
within its walls, while other settlers of 
the neighborhood, some twelve in num- 
ber, had likewise sought its protection, 
so that sinewy backwoodsmen mingled 
with the soldiers. . . . The reserve 
ammunition, 25 rounds to each man, was 
distributed and the weary workers final- 
ly flung themselves down for whatever 
sleep was possible. Above them, on the 
narrow platforms, the sentries gazed 
anxiously forth into the black night 
shrouding the prairie, where many a 
warrior skulked and gloated in fiendish 
anticipation of the morrow." 

As a companion picture, take a Chi- 
cago scene which occurred 99 years 
later at a new building now being erect- 
ed at Sangamon street and the river. The 
following is from the Dailv Nczi's of ves- 
terday : — 

"Professional labor sluggers, twelve in 
number, . . . attacked barricades 
erected by the terrified workmen in an 
efifort to get inside where they could 
use their clubs and blackjacks. Attempt 
after attempt was made by the besiegers 
to batter down the doors of the build- 
ing or tear away the bars that had been 
placed on the windows. . . . The at- 
tack was declared tO' have been inspired 
by the jurisdictional war that the ma- 
chinists are waging against the elevator 
constructors. All through the assault not 
one of the workmen who scurried into 
the building at the first cry of warning 
dared appear in the open for fear of be- 
ing shot down by gun men, and to pre- 
vent any of the latter from gaining an 
entrance through w^indows the men in- 
side stood guard with heavy pieces of 
board, which they used in beating the 
heads of any of the sluggers that ap- 
peared through the windows' bars." 

The police finally arrived, but there 
were no arrests. 

In one way Chicago is not as well off 
as it was back in 1812. Then its stock- 
ade and blockhouse sufficed to shelter 
all the people, at least temporarily. Now 
there are too many Chicagoans to be gath- 
ered together behind any existing block- 
ade and there protected from the tri- 
umphant gun men, who roam at will 
about the city. If Mayor Harrison does 
not require the police to put a stop to 
these practices by the simple process of 
arresting, disarming and locking up the 
savages who now spread terror broad- 
cast he should proceed to have erected 
municipal stockades wherein the citizens 
may gather and defend themselves. 

Is the child of God overwhelmed by 
the trials of the way, and ready to turn 
his back in the day of battle, because of 
the rage of the hellish powers? Let me 
remind him that Samson first slew the 
lion, and afterwards out of him got 
honey and to spare. — Selected. 

August, 1911. 




The Lowell (Mass.) Conrier-Citi.zcn 
gives the wo^d of reproof it finds to be 
called for, after discussing in a more 
general way a subject which has been 
troublesome, as it plainly recognizes, in 
many other places. In the second para- 
graph it collars the refractory Frat it 
finds near home. We are reminded of 
the candidate for the position of teacher 
in one of the schools kept long ago, 
when the Committee examined the qual- 
ifications of applicants. This young man 
was asked about school discipline. 
What would he do with a boy who act- 
ed so and so? 'T should vibrate him." 
In this case the editor gives other re- 
sponsible parties as much of a jostling 
as the boy who needs a shaking up, and 
says : 

''One needs not to be many years out 
of the high school to realize that the 
high school fraternity proposition is 
about the silliest phase that our prema- 
turely old youngsters have arrived at. 
The revolt of teachers and school com- 
mittees the 'country over bids fair to 
wipe it out of existence, and naturally 
'there's a reason.' The course of things 
in our high schools through the past two 
decades has been increasing in the direc- 
tion of over-developing the social side 
of school life and the consequent im- 
pairment of the educational side. As 
much time may be given to the school 
hours as of yore — but the minds and at- 
tentions of a great many pupils are un- 
duly concentrated on something quite 
apart from the w^ork in hand. It is re- 
peatedly urged that our high school chil- 
dren have come to consider the school 
year as nothing so much as a succession 
of good times in the guise of parties, 
fraternity meetings and the like. And 
in too manv cases it is an indictment 
that seems dangerously near a true bill. 
Otherwise the attempt to cut out this 
fraternity nonsense wouldn't be uni- 

"As for the high school fraternity, 
while it is by no means entirely a mod- 
ern conception, it is essentially modern 
in its present magnitude. A score of 
years ago there were one or two small 
clubs in the Lowell high school — chiefly 
devoted to debates, however. At pres- 
ent there appear to be at least three fra- 

ternities, modeled no doubt on the host 
of Greek letter societies in the colleges. 
And the mandate of the school superin- 
tendent that these be abandoned seems 
to meet with a reception which calls for 
a word of reproof. It is reported that 
one fraternity has refused to obey and 
has elected new members, another has 
acquiesced and the third is 'noncommit- 
tal.' If the school authorities of Lowell 
are worth their salt, however, they'll 
all 'acquiesce,' or else the responsible 
students well sever their connection Vvith 
the school system of the city. The last 
thing we can afiford to teach in our pub- 
lic schools is insubordination — particu- 
larly in an age where lawlessness and 
usurped privilege are the chief com- 
plaints. If parents won't insist at home 
on obedience to authority as a necessary 
part of the child's bringing up, the 
school must. Without the ready respect 
for authority and law that our institu- 
tions demand, this countr}^ will speedily 
fall into decay." 


The Speaker of the Massachusetts 
House of Representatives presided at 
the annual rallv of new voters in Bos- 
ton one Sunday afternoon in December, 
when a Federal judge administered an 
oath, or pledge, which runs: 'T do sol- 
emnly bind myself that I w^ill give my 
vote and sufi:'rage as I shall judge in 
my own conscience ma}^ best conduce 
to the public weal." Its designation in 
a newspaper report as "the ancient 
Freemason's oath," gives rise to ques- 

Why is it not the modern as well as 
the ancient oath? How came so patri- 
otic and moral an obligation to be dis- 
carded? When did it cease to l>e even 
traditionally secret, so that it could be 
given openly in a public hall, exposed to 
the profane attention of cowan voters, 
and circulated through the public press? 
Even if no longer part o.f a secret ritual, 
why is it not forever part of the secret 
history of the internal existence of the 
order? Wlien did it emerge from t!ie 
cerements of secret archives? It seems 
worth while to inquire whether, in case 
that, in any time that could l)e called 
ancient, such an oath or pledge, being 



August, 1911. 

actually taken, it was assumed only by 
l-'reemasons and was exclusively their 
own. ]f taken at any time, was it con- 
lined to that order ? ' • 

Whatever there may have been in 
times called ancient, no identical or cor- 
responding obligation is now taken in 
the degrees handed down from that 
period. Discrepancy moreover, seems 
to inhere in an obligation on one hand 
relating to the public weal, and those on 
the other hand finding an ultimate ob- 
ject solely in connection with a brother 
of a certain degree within a certain or- 
der. How, after all. did the obligation, 
taken openly in Boston, happen to be 
reported by a newspaper as the ancient 
jNIasonic oath ? 


"Before proceeding any further in 
these solemn ceremonies," says the Mas- 
ter to the third degree candidate, "it 
becomes my duty, as Worshipful Master 
of this lodge, to inform you that it will 
be necessar\- for you to take upon your- 
self a solemn oath or obligation apper- 
taining to this degree. It is one similar 
in its requirements to that which you 
have taken in the preceding degrees ; but 
I assure you upon the honor of a man 
and a ]\Iason, that in this obligation 
there is nothing which can conflict with 
any of those exalted duties you may owe 
to God, your country, your neighbor, 
your family, or yourself. In }'our ad- 
vancement thus far, yC'U have repeatedly 
assured us it was of your own free wih 
and accord; if 3^ou are still of the same 
mind, and satisfied with the assurance 
I have given you, you will advance to the 

A word used three times in an address 
so brief, deserves notice, and such a 
word is assure. "You have repeatedly 
assured us," "I assure you," "the assur- 
ance I have given yO'U," are the three 
forms incorporating the word. 

Lest some candidate believe, or some 
adherent claim, that this assurance of- 
fers liberty of judgment and conscience 
where observance of the letter of the ob- 
ligation would happen to conflict with a 
duty, it appears advisable to examine the 
true and precise meaning of the term. 
It is in the same class with the words 
tell, state, certify, inform, as well as with 

declare, aver, asseverate. Its object 
cannot be a fact or an action, but must 
be a person, who in the present instance 
is the candidate. In order to encourage 
him to swear, the Master tells him that 
the oath contains no obligation conflict- 
ing with duty. Consistently with this 
definition of assure, an authority on 
synonyms says: "To assure is to state 
with such authority and confidence as 
the speaker feels ought to make the 
hearer sure. Certify is more formal and 
applies rather to written documents or 
legal processes."' 

Hence to co-nstrue this assurance made 
by the Master into an agreement or a 
permission, instead of an assertion, 
would pervert English usage and assume 
an impossible definition of a plain word. 
Such a construction could not be toler- 
ated by the lodge, in exculpation of con- 
fessed failure to fulfill the oath literally. 
Since to do away forever with this nat- 
ural freedom is the very purpose of the 
bond, Masonic obligation and moral du- 
ty could themselves hardly come into 
sharper conflict than would the oath and 
any cancelling agreement or covenant, in 
case one existed. Therefore, no^ ques- 
tion answerable by reference to the pre- 
vious assurance, can arise after the 
oath is O'Uce taken. If the candidate is 
so far satisfied by it as to venture to pro- 
ceed, its only end is secured. The in- 
tended result is complete. The effect 
of the oath itself is another thing, and 
this remains tmmodified and perpetual. 

Proof that the assurance signifies no 
allowance of exceptions not specified, 
lies in the fact that permitted exceptions 
are specifically named. Twelve distinct 
obligations are comprised in the third de- 
gree oath, but only two are without ex- 
ception. If the assurance superseded ex- 
ception, ten need not be named, yet the 
actual number is more than ten. The 
particular obligation we shall cite con- 
tains the precise word "except." The 
exception named is clearly defined and 
limited, precluding further exception. 
The truth is that the oath leaves noth- 
ing to individual judgment, taste, incli- 
nation, convenience, or even necessity, 
unless allowed within the oath itself in 
express and unmistakable terms. More- 
over, no such exception is referred to the 
assurance and thus given as one of its 
applications. In actual fact and practice. 

August, IDIK 



the assurance no wise afifects the obliga- 
tion and in no way or degree limits its 
observance or force. 

That oath concerning which the state- 
ment or assurance is offered, contains 
among its sworn obligations one requir- 
ing the keeping of personal secrets with 
absolute inviolability. These include all 
legitimate secrets which ought in any 
case to be kept for Masons and others 
indiscriminately. They moreover in- 
clude criminal secrets which ought not 
to be kept for any one. From these, two 
crimes are excepted- — murder and trea- 
son. . - 

This obligation cannot be fitted to the 
assurance. It covers crimes far other- 
wise treated by decent men wdio are free 
to act as they should ; it does not bind 
Masons to conceal crime for other men ; 
they, no more than others, will make a 
rule for themselves extending this false 
])rinciple beyond the border of the oath. 
lUit within its limits it compels each one 
to be virtually a consenting conspirator, 
ready at call if wanted. It binds him 
separately to each unknown Mason ; to 
a Mohammedan whose hands are red 
from Armenian massacre ; to a pagan 
whose religion is immoral and vicious, 
fostering cruelty and shame instead of 
virtue ; to^ a deist whose ethics are par- 
allel with his theology ; to any man of 
an)' sort of religion or irreligion, of any 
kind of moral or immoral principle ; to 
a man of the worst and most dangerous 
character. A refugee from any country 
can claim all the power the obligation 
confers. Members of Chinese tongs 
whose feuds breed street massacres in 
New York and Boston are Masons. 
Moreover, nothing keeps the most un- 
l)rincipled men in America out of the 
]\Iasonic lodge. 

AVhoever takes the obligation which 
the Master of the lodge declares does 
not conflict with duty, is as fully subject 
to the deist who wishes a crime hidden, 
as to a Christian who only reveals a se- 
cret sorrow. He is no more bound to 
the saintly than to the depraved. No mat- 
ter what consequences may follow, his 
warning lips are sealed. Is he still "sat- 
isfied with the assurance"? Does he 
never find in himself or observe in oth- 
ers a conflict between the vow and sa- 
cred duty? The value of an assurance 

depends on its truth, but no worthless 
assurance was ever more unwarranted. 


"Never make a rash promise. Never 
do anything rashly. Let every promise 
be duly considered before it is uttered. 
See that it is right. Tlien ^tand 1)\' it. 
Keep }our promises. It may be a cost- 
ly business in some cases. It pays to 
keep a costly ])romise. If one has en- 
tered into a contract in which the ex- 
pense is above his expectation, he will 
gain by keeping it to the letter. Tie 
that sw^eareth to his own hurt and 
changeth not' is the man that shall re- 
ceive the blessing from the Lord." — 
Christian A dz'oca te. 

The Masonic way is to advise mak- 
ing rash promises, and to name one who 
abandons his rashness and repudiates 
his evil promise a perjured villain 
Whether to be a rash villain or a per- 
jured villain is the Masonic dilemma. 
The sound advice: "See that it is right, 
then stand by it," follows the no less 
solid rule, "Let every promise be duly 
considered before it is uttered." Lodge 
promises cannot thus be considered. 
Or even if it is claimed that they possi- 
bly could, not many candidates are like- 
ly under the circumstances to interrupt 
proceedings to the extent required. 
Even thouo'htful and conscientious men 
are virtually railroaded through. A ]Ma- 
sonic lodge is about the last place to 
attempt carrying out the teaching of 
Wayland's Moral Science where the 
great college president says: "Except 
in cases where we are, from long expe- 
rience, fully acquainted with all the or- 
dinary contingencies of an event, we 
ought never to^ make a promise without 
sufficient opportunity for reflection. It 
is a good rule to enter uito no important 
engagement on the same day in whicli 
it is first presented to our notice." 

Important indeed are the Masonic ob- 
ligations claimed to be. Not only are 
they taken on the same day, but they are 
even taken on the same instant in which 
they are first presented to notice. The 
candidate can get the pledges only at the 
instant when he gives them. .Vnv one 
who knows how obligations are inqKXsed. 
knows what we mean. The good rule 





given ill the text-book of Moral Science 
cannot be more glaringly violated. 

Yet promises are the ]NIasonic stock in 
trade. Keeping unfit promises, unfitly 
taken, is ]\Iasonic virtue. To observe 
immoral morals is the jNIasonic way to 
evade being a perjured villain. Let him 
who would seek a clear path to walk in 
through life, avoid the dark conclave 
where the way is hidden and virtue is 
confronted by dilemma. Truth flings 
out her banners on the outer walls ; its 
challenge to error is open as the air ; it 
asks thoughtful, protracted and ade- 
quate consideration. Error hides in the 
dark recess of the lodge; it springs its 
snare suddenly ; then it clamors for the 
aid of conscientious truthfulness, to bind 
its captive with misused chains. The 
lodge is the den of falsity. ''Avoid it, 
pass not by it, turn thou and pass away." 


A\'e find the following among the 
printed announcements of an CA^angeli- 
cal church bulletin : 

"Next Sunday morning, the annual 
Memorial Service of the Sons of St. 
George, in our church. Two hundred 
and fifty delegates of this noble Broth- 
erhood are expected, and also their la- 
dies* auxiliaries." 

We admit that there is possible rea- 
son for thinking that not every word of 
the bulletin was written by the pastor, 
yet we will assume that the phraseology 
of this notice was his own. We do not 
think that he belongs to any secret so- 
ciety, unless, possibly, to some college 
fraternity. It is consistent with esteem 
for him to question whether he knows 
enough about this one to warrant call- 
ing it a "noble Brotherhood." It may 
be so in some feature ; yet, knowing the 
mixed character of such societies, we 
would be more conservative in the choice 
of adjectives. "Noble order" is the 
phrase applied with good intentions to 
another society by a good woman in a 
paper she edited a score of years ago. 
\A'e are not without hope that soon 
afterward she changed her mind. In 
point of fact, the society to which she 
misapplied that characterization, though 
not lacking plausible aspects, is yet in 
some features the opposite of noble. 

Unless the pastor of the church the 

Sons of St. George were to visit, knows 
more about their society than we have 
any reasoai to suppose, he was impru- 
dent in giving them such endorsement. 
The printed notice reads like one ex- 
pressing a judgment based on secure 
knowledge. Serious utterances of this 
sort, made by a public teacher, and 
made with pointed reference to a reli- 
gious service in which he is to teach, 
distinctly imply a basis of settled knowl- 
edge. As a "folder" used in soliciting 
new members, the bulletin would have 
value ; but what if the leading" feature 
of the plan is deceptive insurance? Or 
what if the society is best known in the 
city through its dances and card par- 
ties? In any case, a Memorial service 
for deceased members is announced. If 
any survivor is more confirmed, by the 
phrase he reads, in his notion that the 
lodge is one of numerous gates to heav- 
en, the church bulletin becomes a buck- 
ler to protect his breast from any shaft 
of light from the quiver of gospel truth 
aimed by the minister of Jesus Christ. 
We know that the pastor would deplore 
such an efifect of an unadvised word. 


"A secret beneficiary society organized 
at Cincinnati by Freemasons, members of 
the Knights of Pythias, and of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, in 1889, 
to insure the lives of its members in 
sums ranging from $500 to $5,000, or 
furnish ten, fifteen, and twenty-five year 
endowments. It offers regular life, in- 
surance on the assessment basis, or on 
the endowment plan, with sick and dis- 
ability insurance, and its reserve fund as 
loans for building. Both men and wom- 
en are members. The six-pointed star 
containing a monogram formed of N. F. 
and U., encircled by a chain and the in- 
itials of the motto, 'Advancement, Pro- 
tection, and Fraternity,' constitute its 
public emblems. The ritual is suggested 
by the motto, and includes three degrees, 
one for each word." 

"No place on earth is worth the cost 
of our place in heaven." 

Secret oaths are forbidden to church 
members by some Christian denomina- 
tions, and ought to be by all. — Joseph 

August, 1911. 





The Xorthern Indiana Christian Asso- 
ciation hekl its annual convention at 
IJenlah Chapel, Elkhart, Jnly 5th and 
6th, 191 1. 

President j. E. Hartzler, in the chair. 

Opened by singing, under the direc- 
tion of G. H. Rutt. 

Devotional exercises conducted by 
Eld. D. Brenneman, of Goshen. 

The address of welcome was delivered 
b\- the local pastor, L P. Moore, which 
in the absence of L. G. Bears, was re- 
sponded to by W. B. Stoddard. 

The speaker of the evening, Presideiit 
Blanchard, of Wheaton College, was 
then introduced by the chairman. 

"The Lodge vs. the Home'' was the 
subject of his discourse, and he showed 
how that, from various standpoints, the 
lodge was antagonistic to the best inter- 
ests of the home : First, by obligating 
its members to- keep secrets which they 
dare not even confide to their wives ; 
second, by demanding of its members 
time which belongs tO' the home, and is 
absolutely essential to its welfare ; third, 
by demanding- of its members a large 
amount of money which belongs to the 
church of Christ and the home. The 
discourse was listened to with close at- 
tention and profit. 

D. Brenneman, A. G. Johnson and 
C. C. Kindy were appointed a commit- 
tee on nominations, to report at the 
morning session. 

Closed with singing and benediction 
by Prof. Blanchard. 

Thursday Morning Session. 

The] devotional exercises were con- 
ducted by Rev. Carson j\Ioore, of the 
Free Methodist Church, Elkhart. 

The minutes of the last annual con- 
vention were read and a])proved. 

The old officers were re-elected as fol- 
lows : Rev. J- E. Hartzler, Elkhart, 
]^resident ; Rev. L. G. Bears. Albion, vice 
president; T. H. Brenneman, Goshen, 
secretary and treasurer. 

The following resolutions were intro- 

duced, discussed in open conference by 
the brethren Hartzler. Aioore, Fried, 
Johnson and Rutt, and unanimously 


Whereas, we believe the Xational 
Christian Association has been raised 
of ( iod to oppose a great and growing- 
evil in our land ; and 

Whereas, there was never greater 
need for the work of this Association 
than at the present time; therefore, be 

Resolved. — L We, the members of 
the Indiana branch of the National 
Christian u^ssociation, in convention as- 
sembled, do declare it our belief that 
the v/hole Secret Lodge System tends to 
evil and that continually. 

H. We beHeve the Gospel of Our 
r.ord Jesus Christ is opposed to the 
Lodge System as light is opposed to 

in. We believe all professed Gospel 
^Ministers who favor the lodges by com- 
l^limentary preaching, or otherwise, are 
betraying- their trust as Christians, and 
aiding the enemy of souls. 

IV. We believe it our duty to favor 
only such churches as bear testimony 
in opposition to organized secret soci- 

y. W^e believe the folly of lodge 
jM'actice, as it is manifest in name, initia- 
tion and general conduct, should show 
any serious-minded person its true 

YI. We believe secret societies to be 
at war with good government and a 
great enemy to justice. 

\'II. We believe no lodge is required 
in caring- for the needy ; that lodge teach- 
ing and conduct is more likely to make 
l>eople needy than to properly care for 

\TII. We believe it high time that 
our State officials ferret out and destroy 
lodg-es that intimidate men, that under 
the name of college fraternity, labor 
union. Black Hand, etc., are shown to 



Ano-nst. 191 L 

be working- the destruction of freedom, 
and the enthronement of tyranny. 

IX. ^^'e beheve that such support as 
^\•e may give our Xational Association is 
(Uie. \\'e would aid in securing lectures 
and subscriptions to the Christian 
C^vxosuRE. distribute tracts and o-ive out 
such information as we can. 

X. \\> extend a vote of thanks to 
pastors, papers and people who have 
aided in holding our Convention, trust- 
ino- that God mav bless them all. 

Thursday Evening Session. 

The devotional exercises were con- 
ducted by Eld. C. C. Kindy, pastor of 
the Brethren Church. Elkhart. 

The first speaker of the evening was 
Rev. A. G. Johnson, of Huntington, w^ho^ 
told of the many remarkable experi- 
ences which he has had in fighting the 
lodge, and declared his determination to 
fight as long as he lives. 

Rev. Johnson's stirring address was 
followed by a lengthy but interesting 
discourse by Rev. W. B. Stoddard, of 
^^'ashington. D. C. He exhibited a 
chart which showed the inner work- 
ings of a Masonic lodge. In jiis com- 
ments upon the chart he showed that it 
is utterly inconsistent for any Christian 
to take part in the ceremonies of a Ma- 
sonic lodge, many of which have been 
borrowed from the practices of the an- 
cient and heathen sun-worshipers. 

The privilege of asking questions was 
responded to by a number of honest in- 
quirers. The questions were answered 
by W. B. Stoddard. 

The chairman made a few closing re- 
marks and the convention was closed 
Av'^h a benediction by Rev. Stoddard, 
the friends of the cause feeling strength- 
ened and encouraged in their fight 
against this enemy of God and His 
church. T. H. Brenneman, Sec'y. 

Goshen. Ind. 

Remarks — Any one desiring- tO' aid in 
this movement can become a member 
of this association by paying an annual 
fee of $i.oo. The convention was quite 
a 'h'ain on our funds, and they need re- 
j^lenishing preparatory to our next meet- 
ing. Remit to above address. 

T. H. B. ■ 


Elkhart, Ind., July 17, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips: ''■' 

Your letter of July 12th has come to 
me. In regard to our Indiana State 
Convention Avill say that wt are very 
well pleased with the results. The 
leading- and most common remark since 
the Convention seems to be : "A small 
convention, but a greater stir among- 
lodge men than we have ever known." 

Our convention was not widely repre- 
sented by delegates, but it certainly made 
itself felt in our city ; and this to a 
g-reat extent through the reports in twa 
cit}^ papers. In some cases our Conven- 
tion was misrepresented by the papers. 
This was true of one paper especially, 
which is run practically by secret order 
men. On the whole, however, the peo- 
ple who' are honestly concerned know 
fairly w^ll what was done at the Con- 

The lodge men of our town, as well as 
of most places, had the mistaken idea 
that the Lodge Question had been fin- 
ally and conclusively settled, and in their 
favor. Certain ministers of our city had 
been preaching complimentary sermons 
for the different lodges. These together 
have learned that the Lodge Question 
is not a settled matter, and that there 
are some thirty or forty dillerent 
branches of the Christian Church wdio 
are opposed to Modern Secrecy and be- 
lieve it to be working bad ratlier than 
good. These churches do not oppose 
"fraternalism." We believe in fraternal- 
ism ; but we do^ not believe that the 
so-called fraternalism of Secret Socie- 
ties is genuine, but a coimterfeit. What 
the churches who oppose Secrecy want 
is genuine charity, g'enuine fraternalism, 
and genuine salvation. These things 
the lodges do not furnish, only in coun- 
terfeit, and then tO' a select few only. 

The speakers of the Convention 
were very considerate and fair. Rev. Dr. 
Blanchard's lecture, "Secret Societies 
and Homes of Men," was certainly con- 
vincing to any one who was honestly 
seeking the truth. Rev. A. G. Johnson, 
bv request, gave his experience with the 
Lodge. He spoke imhesitatingly and 
fearlessly. Rev. W. B. Stoddard dealt 
largelv with Ercemasonry. His lecture 
\\ as filled with undeniable exposures of 

August, 1011. 

C H K I S 'I' I A N C y K O S L; R Yi 


the Lodge, and was well received by 
the Convention. 

I am sure our Association is greatly 
indebted to all who so freely and kindly 
aided in the success of our work in 
making the Convention what • it was. 
We anxiously look forward to our next 
year's work, with great expectations. I 
think that I am voicing the sentiments 
of many Elkhart friends when I say that 
we hope sometime to see the National 
Convention come to our city. 

Yours for the uplift of men, 
J. E. Hartzler, 
President Nortlicrn Indiana Cdiristian 


Calls Lodge Principles Wrong. 

"The principles of the lodge are 
wrong, and as such the\- make men 


(From the Elkhart Truth, July 6, 1911.) 

Secret societies were denounced as 
ruinous in effect and thoroughly bad in 
T^rinciple in a lecture delivered before 
tlie Northern Indiana Christian Associa- 
tion by C. A. Blanchard, president of 
W'heaton college, last night at Beulah 
chapel. The attack upon the secret or- 
ders by President Blanchard was made 
in the chief address at the opening ses- 
sion of the Association, his subject be- 
ing "Secret Societies and Homes of 

Calls Lodge Home Wrecker. 

The lodge was denounced as being op- 
posed to the home and wholly without a 
redeeming virtue. 

The fraternalism and benevolence 
which are supposed to be the chief prin- 
ciples of the modern organization was 
not credited by President Blanchard with 
being the valuable aid to the poor man 
and his family that the fraternity lead- 
ers claim. 

''We do not oppose secret societies be- 
cause there are bad men in them, but 
because they make men bad," said Presi- 
dent Blanchard in opening his address. 

"The logic of the apology that there 
are some good men in the lodge, and 
therefore the lodge must be a good 
thing, is no more sound than the plea 
that because there are six good eggs 
mixed wdth six bad ones, therefore the 
omelet must be good," continued Mr. 
P)lanchard. "One good egg does not 
make one bad one POod ; but one bad one 
will spoil niany good ones. It is the 
same way with the lodge. 


"The great question is: Is the lodge 
a good thing for the homes in Elkhart? 
There are two ways of destroying any 
institution: I-'irst, by direct opposition; 
and, second, by substitution ; and this lat- 
ter is the way in which the lodge is de- 
stroying the homes of Elkhart. There 
are three things which make a home : 
Eirst, confidence; second, time; and 
third, money. Take away any one of 
these and you have ruined the home. 

"Modern secrecy does not only take 
away one but all of these. Confidence 
is ruined and destroyed between hus- 
band and wife and children in the home 
when either husband or wife bind 
themselves to any secret order where 
they are sworn or pledged to conceal 
matters from each other which they are 
at liberty to talk over with persons out- 
side the home and in many cases with 
men and women of a low degree of 

"No intelligent and honest man will 
bind himself to any secret body pledging 
himself to conceal things from his wife. 
The confidence of the home is broken the 
moment that he does this. The father 
or mother who spend their time in the 
lodge room away from their family are 
robbing that family of time wdiich justlv 
belongs to them, and the father and 
mother have no right to expect anything 
else than that their family of boys and 
girls will turn out bad. The man who 
spends his nights at the lodge is stealing 
from his home that which belongs to the 

"The money spent in initiations, 
'feeds,' and lodge dances, is money abso- 
lutely wasted so far as the home is con- 

"The millions of homes in this world 
need fathers and mothers wdio will give 
their money, time and confidence to the 
home. Parents can have the kind of 
children they want: the resj^onsibilitx- 
lies with them." 

The sacred Scriptures teach us the 
best \\a\- of li\-ing the noblest wa\' of 
sufi'ering, and ilie most comfortable 
\\a\- of (l\'im>-. — I'luTcl. 



August, 1911. 


(From the Elkhart Daily Review. July 7, 1911.) 

Xor the least sensational — though 
hai\Il}- the most reniarkahle — statement 
made hy anti-secret society speakers at 
the Thiu'sday evening' session of the 
Xorthern Indiana Christian Association 
was the declaration of Rev. A. G. John- 
son of Huntington, that he at one time 
was ejected from an Elkhart county 
lodge after he had gained entrance 
through strategv, and that J- S. Drake, 
now circuit judge, and the late Dr. Bar- 
bour oi Bristol, were participants. 

The Thursday forenoon and evening 
sessions, which were held at Beulah 
Chapel were satisfactory to the 
participants. All things considered, 
the interest and attendance were more 
than might have been expected. The 
chapel was comfortably filled during the 
evening session, among the audience be- 
ing a few lodge members who were 
present to hear the speakers' attacks on 
secret organizations. The morning ses- 
sion was given to the election of officers 
and the discussion and adoption of reso- 

The first address of the evening was 
given by Rev. A. G. Johnson of Hunt- 
ington on the stibject, "My Experience 
With the Lodge and Why I am Not a 
^Member." Mr. Johnson gave a very 
thrilling- review^ of his early experience 
with the "lodge" and w^as very decided 
in his opposition to all organized secrecy. 
No One Challenges. 

The leading lecture of the evening was 
delivered by Rev. W. B. Stoddard, of 
Washington, D. C, who is eastern 
secretary of the National Christian As- 
sociation and has been in the anti-secret 
opposition for a quarter of a century. 
Mr. Stoddard, as is his custom, gave at 
the close an opportunity for any one to 
ask questions or to defend the lodge if 
thev so desired. Though there Avere 
lodge men present, none availed them- 
selves of the opportunity to start some- 

Air. fohnson, who is about sixty-five 
vears of age, declared he had been com- 
bating the "evils" of the secret organi- 
zations for the past thirty-seven years. 

'T am fighting for principle. It is a 
matter of right and justice with me," de- 
clared the speaker. "There is no great- 

er evil today in the land than that of 
the secret lodge system." he asserted, 
and he then told of his first experience 
with the pro-slavery, political organiza- 
tion, the 'Tvnights of the Golden Circle," 
wdien a mere youth. 

Says Father Withheld Warning. 
I\Ir. Johnson told of four alleged at- 
tacks that had been made by secret or- 
ganization sympathizers during his ca- 
reer. At one time, he said, his skull was 
crushed in when struck by a hatchet 
thrown from a building he was passing, 
and at another one shoulder w^as broken 
wdien a brick and an ax were hurled 
down upon him from the same building. 
He made the extraordinary statement 
that his father, who was a member of 
the lodge that had planned the outrage, 
had known that plans had been made bv 
lodge members to attack his son, but 
that his secret oaths of affiliation pre- 
vented him from giving warning of the 
contemplated attack. 

Tells of His Ejectment. 

The audience pricked up its ears wdien 
JMr. Johnson stated he had attended a 
lodge meeting" in this county several 
years ag'o as a guest of Dr. Barbour, 
then of Bristol. "Your present judge 
of the circuit court was in charge of 
the services that night," he said. Con- 
tinuing, Mr. Johnson said that he 
watched the proceedings until it came 
time to drink the "wine" wdien he be- 
came "ill" and told the officers that he 
was sick. "I saw one of them give the 
wink and they started for me and ejected 
me," said Mr. Johnson, who asserted 
that he had secured entrance to the meet- 
ing through strategy. 

He also told of addressing an anti- 
secret meeting held in this county sev- 
eral years ago, when members of lodges 
from several small towns in this vicinity, 
dressed partially in their regalia, took 
front seats in the hall in an eft'ort, he 
alleged, to intimidate the speaker. One 
man in the audience, he said, threat- 
ened to "tear up his hide so that it 
wouldn't be capable of holding corn- 
shucks" if he made the talk against sec- 
ret organizations that he had intended 
making. However, he said, he did make 
the address and the attack on the lodges, 
but w^as not molested. 

Mr. Johnson told of alleged horrible 

August, 1911. 



oaths that lodge members are compelled 
to take upon entering some of the secret 
organizations, but confined his talk 
mainly to an attack on certain orders, 
with which he claimed to be familiar. 

"None in Line With God." 

''I know of no secret organization 
that is in line with God," he said, con- 
tinuing. ''And a man or woman cannot 
affiliate with a secret organization and 
be a true Christian. If there is a lodge 
in existence that indorses Christianity 
and does not go back on the Bible in part 
I will join it. Members meet you at 
the door of the secret organizations and 
tell you to leave your God and your 
Christianity on the outside when you en- 
ter," he said, and then he stated there 
is nothing worse on earth than the oath- 
bound secrecy of the lodge. 

"I could not be a Christian man and 
belong to a lodge. I could not go into 
a lodge and stay clean," said Mr. John- 
son, concluding his half-hour talk. 

Seven Varieties of Goats. 

Rev. Mr. Stoddard declared that evi- 
dence secured from books setting forth 
the lodge's teaching show them to be 
out of harmony with and in reality op- 
posed to the Christian religion. The 
general "rejection" of Christ from lodge 
worship brands it at once as opposed to 
the gospel, he said. A large catalogue 
advertising supplies furnished to one or- 
der [the Modern Woodmen of America] 
was presented, and it was shown from 
this that the furnishing of a lodge, to- 
gether with the regalia and parapherna- 
lia required, would cost the members of 
a single lodge hundreds of dollars. Sev- 
en different kinds of so-called ''goats" 
are oft'ered for sale, the more expensive 
being quoted at $30 each. Devices for 
"spanking," "branding" and fooling 
candidates are many. 

One of the spankers is made so that 
a cartridge will explode as the instru- 
ment strikes the person. The speaker 
said several deaths had occurred as a 
result of a misuse of this paddle. The 
cartridge is expected to explode out- 
ward, but in some instances the explo- 
sion has been made inward to the injury 
and death of the candidate. 

"Nine million lodge members wasting* 
billions of money on initiation tricks. 

while there is suffering on ever}- hand, is 
indeed a sad spectacle," said Mr. Stod- 
dard, "but this folly and los^ i> little 
compared with the destruction of body 
and soul brought about by these lodges." 
An exhibition of the alleged initia- 
tion into another order [the Freemasons] 
was given with a chart prepared for that 
purpose. It was represented that the 
"sin" and "folly" there practiced was 
very great. 

Why They Want Preachers. 

"All these secret organizations are 
anxious to secure preachers as mem- 
bers so that they can more easily fool 
the others," declared Mr. Stoddard. He 
told of the initiatory ordeals inflicted 
upon members, and asserted that every 
member is obliged to forswear himself, 
which is in direct violation of the Bible's 
commands. He "explained" the initi- 
ation features of some of the organiza- 
tions, including the leading of the new 
member over the "holy ground." half 
naked, with a blind-fold over his eyes 
and a big rope about his neck. He 
also said the services of one organiza- 
tion demand that the member quaff 
wine from a human skull and gaze upon 
the remains of a human skeleton to make 
the service more impressive. 

Des Moines, Iowa, May 15. 191 1, 
My Dear Brother Phillips : ■ 

Have returned from my trip to Colo- 
rado. Had a series of gospel meetings 
at Denver and closed on Tuesday even- 
ing. May 2d, with a lecture on "The 
Lodge as One of the Greatest Enemies of 
the Church of God." The meeting was 
well attended and we hope the truth will 
bear fruit. On my way home I spoke on 
the Lodge question in the Swedish ]\Iis- 
sion Church at Lincoln, Neb. May God 
bless the efforts being put forth in warn- 
ing people against the Secret Empire, the 
empire of darkness. 

Yours in Christ, 

(Rev.) John Nelson. 

"We need only obey. There is guid- 
ance for each of us, and by lowly listen- 
ing we shall hear the right word." 

Come out from the Lodge. Better 
one with God than a thousand without 
Him. — D. L. Moody. 



August, 1911. 

Mtm of ®ur Woxk 


The ( Miio State Antisecrecy Conven- 
tion will g-atlier. I). \ ., in the Chnrch of 
the ])rethren. Sonth Detroit Street, 
Bellefontaine. ( )hio, Monday and Tnes- 
da^•. Angust 14th and 15th. An inter- 
esting program is being arranged. 
President C. A. Blanchard, Rev. J. E. 
Hartzler, and the State President, Rev. 
A\'. S. Gottshall. are among the speak- 
ers expected. All are invited. Those 
expecting to attend shonld write me at 
once to Bellefontaine, Ohio (General 

Delivery). ■ 

W. B. Stoddard, 

Eastern Secretarv, N. C. A. 


The Convention of the Michigan 
Christian Association, opposed to secret 
societies, will be held this year in Kala- 
mazoo, a beautifnl city in the southern 
part of the state. The time set for the; 
meetino- is Wednesdav and Thursday, 
October 4th and 5th. There will be two 
sessions on Wednesday, afternoon and 
evening, and three sessions — morning, 
afternoon, and evening — on Thursday. 
iVIeetings wdll be held in at least two dif- 
ferent churches. There will be ad- 
dresses in both English and the Holland 
language. Among the subjects we note, 
"The Lodge r)ath," and "The Lodge 
Essentially a Religious Institution." 
Among the speakers expected are. Rev. 
J. L Hiemenga, S. Eldersveld, Dr. W. 
H. Clay, and Rev. J. A. Watson. It is 
planned to have a vSeceders' Parliament, 

a Round Table, and various devotional 
e>:ercises. If letters are received, from 
friends of the Association or from lodge 
advocates, they will be read. All dele- 
grates are requested to correspond with 
Rev. J. W. Brink. 425 Turner street 
Grand Rapids, ^Michigan, respecting 

Secretary Stoddard's Report. 

Bellefontaine, C^hio, July 15, 191 1. 

Dear Cynosure: 

I have been able to carry out the pro- 
gram for the month past. My work has 
been in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. 
In Lan.caster and York counties, Penn- 
sylvania, I found the expected support 
in the work. Anti-Lodge addresses were 
given in the Stumptown Mennonite 
church and at the chapel of the Breth- 
ren's old people's home near NefTsville. 
The rain did not prevent a good attend- 
ance at Stumptown, for these farmer 
folk are b}- no means "dry weather 
Christians." The old people's home must 
be seen to be appreciated. Lender the 
guidance of our good friend, Elder L 
W. Taylor, it has been builded into a 
model hard to excel. Indeed, it is be- 
lieved there is none equal to it in point 
of convenience, if not size, in the broth- 
erhood. Many Christians gathered with 
the inmates to listen to the addresses in 
the chapel. Support was given our Work, 
indicating an appreciation of my efifort. 
At Menges Mills, Columbia, Lancas- 
ter, Lititz, Ephrata. etc., there were good 
friends to favor the Work, whose names 
I can not here mention. May God bless 
them all ! 

The intense heat with the dust and 
smoke en route made the trip froni 
Washington. D. C, to Elkhart, Ind., 
something of a trial, but there was a 
welcome and a helpful Convention at the 
end. Our good friend. Rev. J. E. Hartz- 
ler, had prepared for this meeting. Both 
he and his good wife did much for mv 
comfort. Owing, no doubt, to the pre- 
vailing heat the opening session of the 
Convention was not so largely attended 
as that of the second evening, when the 
church was well filled. Dr. Blanchard 
spoke with his usual clearness and pow- 
er. He brought forth thoughts fresh 
and convincing. His address could not 
fail to do much good. The discussions 
of the day session, suggested by resolu- 
tions adopted, were animated. Many 
important truths were thus made mani- 
fest. Lmusual notice was given by local 
papers. Doubtless the audiences 

reached through this medium were much 
Greater than those at the Convention. 
Contril)utions helped to meet- the 

Angnst, 1!»1] 



financial ne(^d. The friends in In- 
diana who have not sent their contri- 
butions to the State Treasurer, Mr. T. 
H. Brenneman, 122 Crescent St., Gosh- 
en, Ind., are requested to do so. Funds 
are needed to further the state work. 

Following;- the State Convention I 
spent some days in Goshen, i^ivini^ ad- 
dresses in Goshen College, churches of 
the A'Tennonite Brethren in Christ and 
the Brethren. There was quite an addi- 
tion to the Cynosure subscription list, 
and a live interest everywhere manifest. 
The attendance at the Brethren, church 
was especially large. Although it was 
Monday evening and the heat consider- 
able, the people came for miles and gave 
an attentive hearing. The conventions 
of former years have evidently given 
this people an appetite for the truth we 
bring. . While lodges are multiplied 
there are many, thank (lod, who are 
awakening to the need of intelligent op- 
position. Elder Emanuel Hillery, a ven- 
erable worker of the Brethren church, 
gave very helpful testimony. In former 
years he was associated with President 
Jonathan Blanchard and President C. A. 
Blanchard, and also my honored father, 
in the Illinois work. There was an un- 
usual endorsement and recommendation 
of the Cynosure in the earnest prayer 
which he offered for the success of N. 
C. A. work. I regretted to refuse open 
doors for work near Goshen. 

Coming to Ohio, I found our leaders 
awake and looking for the call to the 
Mid-summer Convention. The situation 
has been canvassed with the state offi- 
cers. I hope to announce time and place 
of this gathering in a few days. There 
are many questions tO' be considered in 
l)reparing state meetings. The conveni- 
ence of pastors and ])eople, the avoidance 
of time of s])ecial meetings, etc., all come 
in the consideration. 

It is my intention to give much of 
August as well as this nionth to Ohio 
work. A s])ecial 0])portunity to speak- 
to the members of the Friends' church is 
to be given at the Yearly JMeeting to be 
held at Damascus, Ohio, August 23r(l. 

State President Rev. W. S. Gottshall, 
P)luffton ; State Secretary Rev. Thos. 
W^eyer, Lima, and State Treasurer. Rev. 
J. M. Faris. I)ellefontaine, are all giv- 
ing help in preparation to push the Ohio 

work. The day spent at Pandora, Ohio, 
gave much encouragement. Your agent 
was given half the hour to present the 
.\. C. A. work at the prayer-meeting in 
the Missionary clmrch there. 

A severe hail-storm has done much 
damage to growing crops in this section, 
but not nearly so much damage as the 
lodges have done to the spiritual lives of 
the ])eo]:)le. Is it not strange that a- 
lodge, which was never known to lead 
a single soul to give uj) a sinful life, 
should be said to be better than an organ- 
ization alw'ays lifting toward the better 
life? Yet lodge men are constantly say- 
ing their organizations are better than 
the church. May the Lord clear our 
vision and help us to walk in the light. 

I find an open door for work here to- 
morrow in the Brethren church. 
Yours in the Work, 

W. B. Stoddard. 

P. S.- — Ohio friends should send con- 
tributions in aid of the Work to State 
Treasurer Rev. J. AI. Faris. Bellefon- 
taine, Ohio. If you desire lectures dur-: 
ing August, write me at once, address- 
ing 31 18 Fourteenth St., X. W.. Wash- 
ington, D. C Those who are indebted 
to me for subscriptions, please send to' 
this address. W. B. S. 


Coblenz. Sask., July 2. loir. 

Air. W. I. Phillips. 

Chicago, 111. 
Dear I'ro. Phillips: 

From the July number of the Cuklst- 
LVN Cynosure, which has just reached 
me, I am pleased to note how the Anti- 
secrecy cause is moving forward with- 
in the bounds of your Republic. The laws 
l)assed by some state legislatures will be 
a dead letter, because they are in con- 
flict with the federal Constitution which 
guarantees freedom of speech and free- 
dom of the press. 

The proposed Canadian Association is 
being favored by sc^mc and fc^ught b\- 
others. In a recent letter to me. the 
l)resident of a ])r(^minent Canadian uni- 
\^ersity says: "I am nc^t a Freemason, 
and T know nothing about the ritual, 
and consequentl}' I am unable to speak 
from first-hand knowledge, but a great 
man}- of ni}- friends arc Masons, and 
the\' are amoni'- the best men that I 




Auofust 1911. 

know, and from what I have learned 
from them and others, I judge that Dr. 
Torrey's letter is most extravagant, and 
I should think from my information, 
quite unjust. I prefer to believe the 
testimon\- of gentlemen whom I know. 
Certainly. I cannot in any way co-oper- 
ate in organizing a Canadian Association 
for the purpose of scattering- such state- 
ments as Dr. Torrey has made. As I 
said. I am not in a position to deny 
them, l^ecause I have no direct knowl- 
edge, but I prefer to believe my friends 
rather than to accept such utterances 
as he gives: which, for all I know, may 
be on very partial evidence.'' I have 
referred this university president to the 
National Christian Association for fur- 
ther information, with the urgent re- 
quest to investigate the subject thorough- 
ly for himself. 

Through their foolish opposition to 
the light of day, some Freemasons in 
the Province of Ontario have involved 
themselves in an exceedingh^ absurd 
muddle. However, if they acknowledge 
their error and show a real desire to 
conduct themselves decently in the fu- 
ture, I am willing to forgive the past. 
The Lodge must go down whence it 
came. Let all who desire to be genuine 
Evangelical Christians co-operate for 
the entire overthrow of the powers of 
darkness. , • 

I trust that it will do you no harm 
to read the enclosed copies of testimo- 
nials. Yours truly, 

Moses H. Cleimfns. 


Berlin, Out., June 21, 1909. 

To JJlwDi If May Concern: 

This is to certify that I am well ac- 
quainted with Moses H. Clemens, of 
Berlin. I consider him a man much 
above the average ability and quite capa- 
ble of fulfilling any position of trust 
that he may undertake. He would make 
the best of servants for a government, 
as he would be a most useful man in 
sending out to demonstrate their cause. 
Hal)its the very best. 

J NO. R. Edex. 
Ex-Mayor of Berlin, Ont. 

Kinistino, Sask, Nov. 14, 1910. 
Have twice inspected ]\Ir. Clemen's 

work. He is a good teacher. He has 
knowledge, experience, ability, conscience 
and power. These, together with his 
great energy and industry, have made 
him a success as a teacher. His character 
I believe to be above reproach. 

T. F. Hutchison, 
Inspector of Schools. 


Big Springs, Calhoun Co., A\'. \ a. 

June 14, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

I came to Calhoun County about ten 
days ago. I have delivered two lectures 
on modern secret societies, one at 
Charles Barker's house and one at a 

road-fork schoolhouse. 
I lecture free ; do not 
take up any collec- 
t i o n. My expenses 
will be about seven 
dollars per week if I 
go to Calhoun, Gil- 
mer, Roan e, Wirt, 
Wood and Jackson 
counties and deliver free lectures to the 
people there, in court-houses, halls, 
churches and schoolhouses. Now the 
success of our great cause of antisecrecy 
requires that these lectures should be 
free to- all. If you will send me seven 
dollars per week I will make reports to 
the Association of my work, and de- 
vote my whole time to this great work 
of opposing the secret works of dark- 
ness. I will use plenty of handbills ad- 
vertising the lectures, free to all, at all 
times, and under all circumstances. I 
want to work here in this state for about 
six months. Thousands of people will 
learn the truth who are now in darkness 
and in bondage to the lodges. The light 
is breaking in upon their minds, their 
chains are falling off, and they are em- 
bracing the truth wherever I preach de- 
liverance to the captives. Please put my 
case before the National Christian As- 
sociation. I can do a great work here 
in West Virginia. Yours truly, 

Joseph Potter Graybell. 


Alexandria, La., July 13, 191 1. 

Dear Cynosure: 

I am here in preparation for the extra 
session of the Louisiana Baptist State 

August, 1911. 



Convention. I have just attended the 
Eighth District Baptist Sunday School 
Convention at Rapides, La., Avhere I had 
opportunity to speak and distribute 
tracts. I find Rev. G. W. Davis of the 
Union Church and Rev. M. P. Frankhn 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church old- 
time CvNOSURi-: readers and anti-secret- 
ists, still true to their Lord and Master. 
They both received me cordially and in- 
vited me to^ preach for their people. Rev. 

J. W. White is also loyal to Christ, 
which means he is an anti-secretist, for 
indeed no man can be true to Christ and 
true to the Lodge. 

I have visited the following places and 
introduced the Cynosure and have spok- 
en against oath-bound secrecy: Minden, 
Reisor, Blanchard, Foster, Plain Deal- 
ing, Stonewall, Grand Cane. Empire, 
Boyce, Rapides. Barrett and this city, all 
in the state of Louisiana. I found at 
each point a faithful few wdio had not 
bowed the knee to Baal, also a few who, 
after joining the lodges, had become dis- 
gusted with them, but who had not suf- 
ficient courage to ''come out from among 
them and be Separate." 

The Sunday I i:)reached at Providence 
Church, Stonew^all, La., the Seven Stars 
of Consolidation had their annual ser- 
mon in the afternoon, preached by Rev. 
^lingo Graham of the Methodist Episco- 
p^\ Church. The speaker boasted that 
he had been a member of the lodge for 
twenty-six years, and during that time 
the lodge had done more than all other 
organizations to bring the people togeth- 
er and build them up and make them 
better. He urged everybody to join the 
lodge, which, he said, would make them 
better Christians because the lodge is a 
Christian society. He preached from 
the text, "ho, I come (in the volume of 
the book it is written of Me) to do Thy 
will, O God." (Lleb. 10:7). And he 
attempted to connect salvation through 
Christ and the atonement of Calvary 
with secret societies. He was followed 
by a Rev. Brown, a Baptist preacher, 
who found fault with everybody who 
is not connected with the Lodge, and 
urged everybody to join the Lodge for 
the purpose of saving their money and 
making themselves a better people. He 
also attempted to justify the Lodge by 
giving it Bible support. O God, how 

long will these blind guides be per- 
mitted to hoodwink and deceive the peo- 
ple, leading them to worship Baal 
through oath-bound secret societies? 
These prophets of Baal, like Jeroboam of 
old, are deceiving the ];)eople and leading 
them into idolatry ancl l^jaalism. b\- hav- 
ing them bow down at secret altars and 
swear to conceal and never reveal their 
secrets. J\fay God open the eyes of the 
deceived ancl stop the mouths of those 
false prophets who are leading the peo- 
ple astray and corrupting the church 
through their secret lodges. 

A'ours for righteousness, 

F. J. Davidson. 


Pine IWufi, Ark.. July 6. ioit. 

Mv. Wm. I. Phillips, 

Chicago. Bl. 

Dear Brother in Christ: 

I am just home from my trip to Brink- 
ley. When I was there six years ago. I 
sold a goodly number of rituals of the 
Red Men, Woodmen, Knights of Pvthias, 
Oddfellows, the Eastern Star and the 
Masons. I also distributed about four 
hundred tracts. This is the place where 
so many people came to visit me, some 
from places ten miles away. You will 
remember that I wrote vou about one of 
the doctors telling me that I would be 
shot down on the streets of Brinklev. Mv 
sister lives in Brinkley. and when she 
heard what the doctor said to me she 
cried and begged me to let those books 
and tracts alone and "go and do mission- 
ary work." I said to her. ''The tract. 
'Why I Left the Rebekah Lodge," caused 
you to leave two lodges : is not that mis- 
sionary w^ork?" She said, "Yes. but 
these lodge men don't see it like I did. 
They think the lodges are right, and 
they will kill }(ni." 

While she was talking to me, in came 
a big Master ]\Iason, and said, "Madam. 
T want to see your ^^^lasonic rituals. I 
hear you have some to sell." I said. "Yes, 
sir, I have a few left," and handed him 
the two volumes givini^" the thirt}-three 
degrees of Scottish Rite Masonrx". He 
looked at the books and took out his 
memorandum book and began to write. 
After a while 1 said to him. "How do 
you like my thirty-three degrees?" He 
said, "^'(tu have e\-en more than T know 



August, 1911. 

about it." That night a committee of 
three waited upon me to learn where I 
g'ot their secrets. I told them all about 
the National Christian Association and 
the exposures of the lodges. While they 
were examining the books I was look- 
ino- at them. Thev would nudo-e one 
another and look so queer that I could 
not keep from smiling at them, seeing 
how angry they got over such tomfoolery 
as ]^Iasonry. I did not stop at anything, 
they said. 

\\'ell, I kept right on with my house 
to house visiting, and left a tract at every 
house, and carried them to the stores, the 
depot, the post-office and the churches. 
One of the biggest colored Baptist 
preachers got hold of a tract, and it 
made him so angry he said, ''I am going 
into everything the negrO' is in but hell." 
When I heard what he had said, I felt 
very sorry for him, and I said, "Well, 
he will certainly go to hell if he follov/s 
the negro into everything that the ma- 
ioritv of them are in." This is what he 
thought about it six years ago, but he has 
changed his mind now, since the most 
of his members are in the lodge and will 
not go tO' church. He says now that if 
he has to give up either the church or 
the lodge, it is the lodge he will give up. 
Thank God for letting him see what it 
is to follow the negroes or any other 
people into devilment. 

My last trip to Brinkley was quite dif- 
ferent from that of six years ago. This 
time I had a long talk with a Master 
]\Iason who used to be willing to die for 
his lodge. He said to me, "I am more 
and more disgusted with lodges. After 
I read the rituals you brought to Brink- 
ley, my eyes began to come open." I 
, asked him if he was still the Worshipful 
Master of his lodge. He said, "Yes, but 
something within me tells me the thing 
is w^'ong." When I asked him why he 
did not quit the lodge, he replied, 'T have 
got so much money in the thing." I said 
to him, "What shall it profit a man 
if he shall gain the whole world and 
lose his own soul? or what shall a man 
give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 
8:36. 37). "Yes," he said, "that is true." 
I asked him what he saw that was wrong 
in the Masonic lodge. He said, "Well, 
I will tell you, since you know more 
about it than T do. The whole thing is 
false. There is no Bible in any of the 

three lodges that I am a member of, 
that is, the Knights of Pythias, the Odd- 
fellows and the Masons. Yet the great- 
est sermons I ever hear nowadays are 
these annual sermons to the lodges. I 
told my pastor not long ago, after he had 
preached a great sermon on secret or- 
ders, that he and all the rest of the inin- 
isters who preached these sermons, did 
it just to get the twenty-five dollars from 
the lodge ; that they knew they could not 
find a text in the Bible for such a ser- 
mon." I asked him what his pastor said 
to this. He said he hung his head and 
did not answer. . ; ■ - 

I said to this man, "What office do 
vou hold in the church?" He said, "I 
am a deacon." I said, "Well, you are a 
deacon in the church. Worshipful Master 
in the Masonic Lodge, Chancellor Com- 
mander of the Knights of Pythias, and 
Noble Grand in the Oddfellows. Now, 
you have your choice of three grand 
lodges above. Which one will the pas- 
tor put you in when you die, since each 
of the three has a grand lodge above?" 
I said, "They have not got anything to 
do with the church. Christ died for 
the church. He shed His precious blood 
for the church, and when He comes He 
is coming for His church" (I Thess. 
4:13-18). I said, "My brother. Jesus did 
not have any secret" (John 18:20). He 
said, "That is the thing that troubles me, 
and I can't see how these preachers got 
so tangled up with the thing. I believe 
they know better." I said, "Well, if 
they know better, why do they preach 
these annual sermons?" He said, "That 
is why I am disgusted with them. All 
that preach them are lying, just for a 
few dollars." I said, "Do you think all 
the Judases are dead? And you chief 
men in the lodge are hiring these 
preachers to betray Christ." Finally I 
told him that he understood the situation 
and that it rested with him what he was 
to do about it. The poet says : 

"Will you despise My bleeding love 
And choose your way to hell, 
Or in the glorious realms above 
With Me forever dwell? 

"Say, will you hear my gracious voice 
And have your sins forgiven, 

Or will you make that wretched choice 
And bar yourselves from heaven?" 

Yours for Christ and against the 
lodges, LizzTi-. Woods. 

August, 11)11. 






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In this month occurs the eighty-fifth 
anniversary of the murder of a martyr 
to the freedom of writing-, printing and 
speaking the truth. He had fought for 
his country in the War of 1812, and had 
served under General Jackson at New 
Orleans. He left the service at the close 
of hostilities as Captain William Morgan. 
He was a man of fine soldierly bearing 
and of gentlemanly and agreeable man- 
ners. He was a prominent Mason 
and lecturer of his lodge. He fin- 
ally, however, became deeply im- 
pressed with the dangerous char- 
acter of Masonry, and said to Sam- 
uel D. Green, a Mason and Mayor 
of Batavia, N. Y., "If Masonry be per- 
mitted to go on unchecked it will under- 
mine the Christian religion and over- 
throw the Government." Time is prov- 
ing him a prophet. It is our purpose to 
give the readers of the Cynosure the his- 
tory of those times and a more correct 
estimate of the character of that martyr- 
patriot than is generally had, by publish- 
ing the history of those times written by 
Samuel D. Green, a personal friend of 
Captain Morgan, a member of the same 
lodge, and at the time of Morgan's mar- 
tyrdom President (Mayor) of the town 
council of Batavia. 

What a Lodge can accomplish in a 
country is witnessed here in Chicago, 
where the Lodge murders average one 
a month and no punishment is meted 
out; is witnessed in Los Angeles, Cal., 
in the murder of twenty-one and the de- 
struction of The Times building. A bet- 
ter illustration, however, is that of the 
Camorra of Italy, now under investiga- 
tion by the government. The Personal 
Reminiscences of the Morgan Abduc- 
tion and Murder, by Mr. Samuel D. 
Green, are, therefore, of great present 
interest. The publication will immedi- 
ately follow Miss Flagg's story — ^The 
Power of the Secret Empire. 


Another step has been taken in Eng- 
land towards a federation of labor that 
shall make it impossible to work or cease 
from service without the National Union 
leaders give permission. 

Like the teamsters' strike in Chicago 
under Shea, the stated reasons for the 
strike were not the real reasons. Wages 
and hours are terms to conjure with, but 
the object of the labor leaders of Eng- 
land is no more single unions but one 
great National federation. 

The dockmen started the strike, and 
were given everything that they asked 
as to wages and overtime, after they had 
been on strike less than a week ; but not 
a single "docker" made a move to return 
to work. The pretended reason for the 
strike was not the real reason. 

Some 200,000 workers finally joined 
the movement, and were told by the 
president of the strike committee that 
''No man must return to work until the 
whole job is finished," "There must be no 
surrender," 'Tf vou stick together the 
big victory will be won. For the first 
time in the history of the port of Lon- 
don you have a federation representing 
almost all the classes of workers engaged. 
We have organized 100.000 men since we 
started this campaiii^'n. There must be 
no more single unions, excent for the 
purpose of domestic work. For the pur- 
pose of policy and general conduct, we 
must have tJie union and nothing else." 


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September, ]0]1. 


"I was now very definitely con- 
A'inced,"' says the hero of a book, "that 
•much of the confusion and futility of 
contemporary thought was due to the 
jgeneral need of nietaplwsical training 
. . . The great mass of people — and 
not simpl}' common people, but people 
active and influential in intellectual 
things — are still quite untrained in the 
methods of thought and absolutely inno- 
cent of an}- criticism of method ; it is 
.scarcely a caricature to call their think- 
ing a crazy patchwork, discontintious 
and chaotic." 

Passive acceptance of sectarian as- 
sumptions and active support of secret 
society pretensions, seem to corroborate 
this opinion and to redeem its expression 
Trom the blame of petulance. It is our 
constant labor to help men think about 
things that ought neither to be taken 
for granted nor flippantly rejected. 
Hardly more ought such things to be 
trusted on the basis of judgment formed 
"by ''discontinuous and chaotic" thinking, 
•or by any substitute for thinking. Join- 
ers are not always thinkers. Few among 
them can be supposed to devote much 
thinking to what they join, however 
thorotighly they may attend to other 
things. Among the advocates of Mason- 
Ty who appeal to the prestige of Wash- 
ington, must be many, for instance, who 
tiave never actually thought through 
their own claim as Dr. Blanchard has 
for them. Discontinuous is, indeed, a 
word that seems scarcely to caricature 
what many would like to have accredited 
as independent think'ng. 



The New Era Association styles it- 
self ''A fraternal beneficiary society, 
specifixally authorized to give fraternal 
insurance without the lodge." It claims 
to furnish '"'to men and women, on 
ecfual terms, fraternal insurance with- 
out the lod.p'ie — guaranteed at mortal- 
ity cost, without death assessment." I^ 
large type, it announces "Insurance at 
Cost." New Era Rates are stated to 
"be ''equal to the wholesale or mortality 
cost in four of the leading old line 
comjpanies ;" yet almost immediately it 
is, after all. announced that "at the 
.-amounting to tlie excess charge over 

the actual wholesale cost." Here seems 
to be "insurance at cost" with "excess 
charge." The October Bulletin advised 
its reacLers to "Look out for a twenty- 
five per cent dividend in January," but 
prudently added, "This is only an es- 

Insurance with neither old line nor 
lodge methods is not new; the story of 
its multitudinous failures is old. This 
new^ experiment has not floated away 
with the innumerable derelicts, but 
there are reasons why one solicited 
might incline to wait for it to make 
its own history match its own promise. 
Confidence is not encouraged by the 
attitude of the society organ toward 
the National Fraternal Congress, which 
seemed to come into existence for the 
purpose of making fraternal in- 
surance safer and less visionary. 
Again, its tone in speaking of the 
state insurance department provokes 
doubt and caution. The insurance 
commissioners are a guard posted to 
watch on behalf of widows and or- 
phans. Toward this beneficient provi- 
sion for safety, it is likewise restive. 

This spirit of hostility to safe re- 
straint seems betrayed in alleging a rea- 
son wdiy "it appears that, like assess- 
ment insurance, the name or term 
fraternal insurance is no longer an as- 
set in the field to get business." It 
knows well that it does not exaggerate 
by saying "Assessment, or Mutual in- 
surance companies have failed by the 
hundreds," but when it assumes to 
explain Avhy the word fraternal like 
the word assessment has lost its charm, 
it does not make similarity of effect 
expose parity of cause. On the con- 
trary, it attributes the change to "ade- 
quate rate howlers, represented mostly 
in the National Fraternal Congress, 
backed by certain insurance com^mis- 
sioners." "We think," opines the 
Bulletin, "there is mighty little danger 
of the next legislature interfering with 
the fraternal insurance business in this 
state. We think the insurance com- 
missioners of this country have quite 
enousrh to do to enforce the laws and 
discharge the various duties of their 
^f^^ces, without instructing the 'legis- 
lative department of the gvive'-nment. 

September, 1911 



We would like to see a little more sym- 
pathetic relationship between the fra- 
ternal societies and insurance depart- 
ments before we turn the business of 
taxing the members over to them." 
The lack of sympathetic relation may 

be a still more cogent reason for not 
turning taxation or confidence over ta 
fraternities — with or without the 
lodge. Possibly the state insurance 
commissioners kncjw something about 

'I ■ 


Old Fort Niagara. 

Place of Morgan's Confinement at Fort Niagara, 



September, 1911. 




An association of men implies com- 

The simplest, most common, and yet 
most sacred human association, is that 
of matrimon}', and this always suggests 
mutual concessions. Preferences, tastes, 
and choices must be subordinated to har- 

The bride and bridegroom have tastes 
differing. The one is a devotee of coffee, 
while the other is attached to his Oolong. 
They arbitrate their differences, and 
agree to use these beverages interchange- 
ably. The comparative wholesomeness 
of these beverages becomes a question in 
the household, and a further compromise 
is necessitated. A substitute for both 
tea and coft'ee is agreed upon, and then 
again preferences manifest themselves as 
to the preparation of this substitute. One 
prefers a lavishment of trimmings, the 
other to omit them ; and finally, through 
a spirit of compromise, a happy solution 
is reached. Each abandons the favorite 
beverage for pure, sparkling water, and 
the money thus saved more than sup- 
ports a native missionary. 

"All this could be done," says one, "be- 
cause no moral principle was involved ; 
but there are some things too sacred to 
barter. Aly ripened judgment, my long 
experience, and especially my conscien- 
tious convictions, must in no wise be 
compromised, though the stars fall." 
Certainly ! But what about the other fel- 
low's judgment, experience, and convic- 
tions ? 

I w^ould not minimize an intelligent, 
honest conviction, but more and more I 
am discovering, in myself and others, 
that the constituent parts of what are 
popularly known as ''conscientious con- 
victions" are eighty-five per cent mule 
stubbornness, ten per cent, egotism, and 
the analysis fails to determine the exact 
ingredients of the residue. 

The Apostle said, 'T perceive that in 
all things ye are too superstitious" — in 
other words, "You have too much re- 
ligion of the wrong sort." 

The tardiness of the antisecrecy 
progress is due in a large measure to our 

being shackled through deference to 
church canons, synods, conferences, as- 
semblies and presbyteries. These clogs 
hinder us from making a united assault 
upon our enemy. The assault must be 
made in our denominational way, because 
"we hold the truth." 

A few years since, with Brother W. B. 
Stoddard, I attended a denominational 
convention. When in their church prop- 
er, in presence of pulpit, altar, and bap- 
tismal font, these people seemed very 
reverential and devout. To have dis- 
cussed the iniquity of Secret Societies in 
this sacred place would have been to de- 
file their garments so as to call for sack- 
cloth and ashes. 

But I noticed that at the hour of re- 
cess, Brother Stoddard met a large num- 
ber of these brethren in their lecture- 
room below, when and where he shelled 
them with grape and canister on Secret 
Societies. The clouds of tobacco smoke 
were so thick and heavy that one could 
not recognize his neighbor twenty feet 
distant. Stoddard rebuked the evils of 
secrecy, but was silent upon the evil of 
smoking ; nor did he compromise with 
wrong. He was at that time working in 
the interest of antisecrecy, and not anti- 

Whatever my opinion of W. B. Stod- 
dard may have been before, the mer- 
cury in his thermometer rose in my esti- 
mation when I had witnessed this mas- 
ter stroke of diplomacy, and that without 
the forfeiture of principle. 




The laws and forces of nature are the 
laws and forces of God. When the farm- 
er is working together with nature to 
produce a harvest of fruit or grain for 
food, he is working together with God. 
When a man is trying to invent a flying 
machine he is trying to learn what na- 
ture will do to help him in the making 
of such a machine ; for apart from nature 
no man can make a flying machine ; 
which is equivalent to saying that apart 
from God no man can make such a ma- 
chine. In the realm of the natural, men 
make discoveries ; that is, they learn 
how to work together with nature to do 
certain things. Men work together with 

September, 1911. 



nature in the making of explosives, and 
nature does not inquire what is to be 
done with them when they are made. 
One man uses them to blast rocks for a 
highway, another to destroy buildings 
or to kill men. And when in this con- 
nection we say nature it is equivalent 
to saying God. So then, along certain 
lines at least, men work together with 
God and God does not inquire as to their 
motives or their purposes as a condition 
of the working together with Him. 

In the Material Realm There Can Be No 

Permanent Success Against Nature's 

Persistent Protest. 

In the realm of nature, in the use of 
material forces and substances, God 
makes room for human responsibility. 
He lets men use this world and all that 
belongs to it without making conditions 
as to the motives and purposes of men 
in their use of the world. The sun 
shines for the evil and the good, the rain 
falls for the just and the unjust. But 
in working together with God in the 
realm of the natural, men must conform 
to natural laws. If a man goes wrong 
he fails, and the things that gO' wron.o- 
come to an end, for the wrong cannot be 
infinite or eternal. But if men go right, 
if in all things their work harmonizes 
with nature — that is, with God in the 
realm of the natural — there is no limit 
to the possibilities that are open to them. 
Science knows no criterion of the im- 
possible ; and nothing that is possible to 
God in the realm of the natural is im- 
possible to those who at every point win 
the approval of nature. Conversely, noth- 
ing can permanently succeed against 
which nature persistently protests. 

In the Realm of Morals No Man Can Suc- 
ceed Against Whose Motives God 

In the realm of morals and religion 
men discover how, or learn how, to work 
together with God in the development 
and use of character forces. In the 
realm, of the natural, right and wrong 
are not moral distinctions ; and in that 
realm motives and purposes are not 
questioned. But in the realm of morals 
and religion right and wrong are moral 
distinctions, and therefore motives and 
purposes must be considered. Where 
moral distinctions apply to the results, 
the motives must be right or there can 

be no permanent success. As in the 
realm of the natural no man can suc- 
ceed against the protests of nature, so 
in the realm of morals and religion no 
man can succeed against whose motives 
God protests — that is, no man can suc- 
ceed whose motives are wrong. But when 
men's motives are right, when their mo- 
tives and purposes are consistent with 
the motives and purposes of (jod, then 
the possibilities which open to them are 
infinite and eternal, and to man, as to 
God, all things are possible. 

The Realm of Man's Responsibility, 

The uncertainties of life, experience, 
history, lie in the realm of human re- 
sponsibility — there and only there. 
Science cannot predict what men will do 
in the realm where each may do as he 
wills to do. It can predict what nature 
will do when it has learned what nature 
is doing, for nature is unchangeable. 
And with equal certainty can it be pre- 
dicted what God will do in the realm of 
morals and religion, when it is known 
what He is now doing, for Cxod is un- 
changeable in character. There never 
will come a time when men can gather 
figs from thistles, or when they can 
wring golden conduct from leaden in- 
stincts — never a time when they can 
reap a harvest of virtue from seeds of 

The Realm of God's Responsibility. 

God made the world and it is God who 
is developing it. God made man and it 
is God who is making human history. 
In the developing of the world and in 
the making of history, God does not in- 
terfere with men in the realm of their re- 
responsibility. But neither does He al- 
low the ignorance, the indifference, the 
depravity and wickedness of men to in- 
terfere with Him in the realm of His 
responsibility in the w^orking together. 
The failures of men cannot defeat the 
purposes of God. When Jesus said, 
''Apart from me ye can do nothing,'' He 
was not simply giving good advice ; He 
was expressing a truth as unchangeable 
as if He had said, "You cannot have 
grapes without grape vines." 

In the realm of what we call the nat- 
ural we speak of the unchangeableness 
of nature and the laws of nature. Neith- 
er nature or the laws of nature are 



September, 1911. 

changed b}' the wih of man. We say 
that nature is indilterent to human char- 
acter, and void of sympathy with human 
experience. .\ hurricane destro3^s trees 
and men ahke and seemingly without 
purpose or regret. In the reahn of 
morals and religion does God care ? Men 
waste and destroy, and nature does not 
prevent them. Men waste and destroy 
men, and seemingly God does not pre- 
vent them. Why does God perniit the 
wicked to prevail ? A\'e ask the qtiestion 
but we do not answer it. And yet the 
answer is at hand ; it is this : God does 
not interfere with men in the realm of 
their own responsibility. But God does 
not abandon or neglect those who ap- 
peal to Him in the realm of His re- 
sponsibility. God helps and saves those 
who come to Him in the right way to be 
helped and saved. There is always a 
place in human experience for an exer- 
cise of the will. We do things because 
"we will to do them, because we wish, or 
desire, or purpose to do them. There 
is always room in every experience for 
God to do things for us because He wills 
to do them, because it is His good pleas- 
ure to do them. This will, whether it is 
the will of a man or the will of God, 
belongs to personality. The law of the 
will is liberty to do or not to do as one 
wills, whether it be man or God. The 
laws of the luiiverse are fixed laws, God 
is pledged to their maintenance, so that 
whoever appeals to them can depend on 
them with unerrins: certaintv ; there are 
no miracles that can accomplish thing's 
contrary to these hxed laws and so rob 
one who appeals to them of the results 
which they are designed to produce. 
And one of tliese fixed laws is the law 
of personal relations, and the law of the 
will which has to do with these personal 
relations. We know the character of 
God. and we know that God is love, and 
that because of His nature. His attri- 
butes. He cannot do a wrong thing ; He 
cannot do anything that is contrary to 
His wisdom. His love, and in general His 
purpose to promote human happiness 
in time and eternity. We know that in 
the realm of God's liberty there is love, 
and love onh^ 

The Realm of Personal Relations. 
All the uncertainties of life, all the 

problems of it, and therefore all of the 
highest and best hopes of life, lie in this 
realm of liberty, the realm of the will, 
the realm of personal relations. All 
outside of this realm, that is, "the nature 
of things," is good because God made it 
good. The universe is good. In the 
realm of personal relations, because God 
is good and God is love, there can come 
from His side in the working" together no' 
disappointments, though there do come 
many glad stirprises. Outside of the 
realm of personal relations it may be 
true, as a poet has suggested, that na- 
ture is indifferent, and as a scientist has 
suggested: "Nattire creates without pur- 
pose and destroys without regret.'' But 
within this realm there is no indifference. 
Not a sparrow falls to the ground with 
broken wing but God cares ; not a hun- 
gry lamb bleats for food but God hears 
and God cares. And not a human soul 
but is of more value in the sight of God 
than birds and sheep. The winds and 
the sea cannot hear the prayer of a 
frightened child or a frightened sailor ; 
but Ciod can hear, and God knows how 
to make the wind blow and how to make 
it cease to blow — the wind and the sea 
obey His will. It is in the realm of per- 
sonal relations with God that the mys- 
teries of His care are explained. We 
are workers together with the forces of 
nature in the wonderful achievements of 
science and the arts of civilization. But 
what is of more hopeful significance to- 
each one of us is that we are — we ought 
and may be — workers together with God. 
Christ came to save the world from sin. 
His work is constructive. Those wha 
work together with Him will overcome 
the evil that is in the world with the 
good that they bring into it. It is this 
personal relation, this fellowship with 
oiu' Heavenly Father, that makes it pos- 
sible for men, each in the realm of his 
own responsibility, to destroy the works 
of evil ; this that gives to ignorant and 
erring mortals the stire hope of a blessed 
immortality with God in heaven. 

Seattle, JJ'asIiiiiaton. 

All things are created originally out of 
the mud. Some of us have not got very 
fa^ from the starting point. 

September, 1911. 




From the Viewpoint of a Methodist Epis- 
copal Minister. 


The subject presented in this paper is, 
no doubt, unpopular with those who are 
interested in both Masonry and Chris- 
tianity. They would have all other per- 
sons silent upon the subject to which 
their lips are solemnly sealed. But the 
writer believes, as a noted speaker in 
the time of our Civil War wisely ob- 
served when interrupted in an address 
in behalf of the Union, that he "always 
held it to be an unfailing truth that 
where a man had a cause that would bear 
examination he was perfectly willing to 
"have it spoken about.'' 

And, if the title of this paper shall be 
justified by its contents, the facts ought 
to be made apparent, and ministers of 
the gospel, especially Methodist minis- 
ters, should positively refuse to aid or 
encourage Freemasonry, as against the 
cause to which they have professedly 
given their lives. 

But the average lodge man is ever 
ready to deny that there is anything 
wrong with his fraternity. Edmond Ro- 
nayne. Past Master of Keystone Lodge, 
No. 639, A. F. and A. M., Chicago, BL, 
speaks emphatically on this point. He 
says : ''It has oftentimes been a matter 
of considerable surprise to me, even 
when I was an active Mason and Wor- 
shipful Master of my lodge here in Chi- 
cago, how the oaths and death penalties 
of Freemasonry could exercise such an 
evil influence over the minds and moral 
character of even the best, the most in- 
telligent, the most reputable of its mem- 
bers. Men who under all other circum- 
stances will act honorably, honest and 
strictly truthful, when brought face to 
face with a defense of the Masonic sys- 
tem — its modes of preparation and initia- 
tion, its oaths and awful penalties of 
death — will not hesitate for one moment 
to prevaricate, to quibble, to deny the 
truth, and even to lie outright, if neces- 
sary, in behalf of Freemasonry, in order 
to conceal its true character and bogus 

A common wav 




of meeting criticisms 
is to claim that all 

knowledge concerning the matter is held 
in secrecy and one who has violated his 
pledge in making known these secrets is 
a perjurer and is not to be believed. But 
it may be answered that, instead of being 
a perjurer, a man v^^ho finds his lodge in- 
terfering with his duties as a Christian is 
absolved from his oath and ought to 
make known the fact for the benefit of 

The writer confesses he has never 
united with a lodge. More than four 
decades ago his pastor offered to present 
his name to the Masonic fraternity, to 
which said pastor belonged, but my re- 
ply expressed unwillingness to associate 
with men bearing characters which were 
briefly indicated. 

While it is true that the outsider must 
depend for information c[uite largely up- 
on those who have withdrawn, yet when 
it is remembered that in this country, 
soon after the Morgan tragedy, forty- 
five thousand severed their connection 
with Freemasonry, and through more re- 
cent years withdrawals and exposures 
have continued, it will be seen that the 
sources of information are ample and 

The National Christian Association of 
Chicago, BL, is able to furnish the com- 
plete ritual of the Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite of Masonry, by a Sov- 
ereign Grand Commander, 33"^ ; Oaths 
and Penalties of thirty-three degrees of 
Freemasonry, by a Master Mason, with 
many booklets, addresses and tracts on 
the subject, and a monthly magazine, the 
Christian Cynosure, which treats on 
the evils of secret combinations and bears 
strong testimony against them. 

From the publications named, from 
the press both secular and religious, from 
personal observation, and from the ex- 
perience of friends who have brought re- 
ports from the inside work of the lodge, 
the facts herewith presented have been 
received. During the year 19 10, an af- 
filiated Freemason, who claimed to have 
taken the full course of INIasonry, told 
the writer of an oath he would not have 
taken had he previously known its na- 
ture, and added that he trembled on hear- 
ing a certain other man take it. vSuch 
facts as these ftu'uish the basis for the 
title of this essay — ''Freemasonry Versus 

J 36 


September, 1911.. 

Illustrations From the Ritual. 

Freemasonry in a number of particu- 
lars we name is against Christianity. It 
rejects Christ from its ritual — from its 
prayers. Here is an illustration : 

'*0 God, we pray thee, thou Grand Ar- 
chitect of the Universe, to cast Thy all- 
seeing- eye upon this Sanctuary, which 
symbolizes the Conscience of man, and 
help us to use the key of Intelligence 
within the Balustrade of Reason, so that 
we may know ourselves, link ourselves 
unto Thee, and become fit for the im- 
mortality Thou hast promised." 

The name of Jesus Christ is rejected 
from Xew Testament quotations as fol- 
lows : 

''Xow we command you, brethren, that 
ye withdraw yourselves from every 
brother that walketh disorderly, and not 
after the tradition ye have received from 
us." (2 Thess. 3 :6). 

"Xow them that are such we command 
and exhort that with quietness they work, 
and eat their own bread." (2 Thess. 

From each of these quotations is omit- 
ted the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Misrepresents New Testament Teaching. 

Masonry misrepresents New Testa- 
ment teaching. Note the following: 

Question : "How comes Masonry fal- 
len to ruins as we are so bound together 
by our obligations?" 

Answer : 'Tt was so decreed in olden 
times, as we learn from St. John, who 
Ave understand was the first Mason that 
held a perfect chapter." 

Q. "Where does St. John say this?" 

A. "In his Revelation, where he tells 
of P)abvlon and the celestial Jerusalem." 

Masonry not only rejects Christ, but ap- 
points certain of its members to occupy His 
place, with loftier titles than were given to 
the Son of God. 

.V few years as^o the Wilkes-Barre 
fPa.) Record published the following: 
"City Clerk Frank Detrick received a 
Christmas gift on Saturday from Rich- 
ard M. Johnson. Most Excellent Grand 
High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of 
Pennsylvania, in the form of an appoint- 
ment as D. D. Grand High Priest^ in 
charge of the Eleventh District, to take 
effect on St. John's Day, Dec. 27th. Mr. 
Detrick is a retiring High Priest, having 
served at the head of Shekinah Chapter, 

and his selection as D. D. G. H. P. is a 
reward for faithful attendance to duty 
and interest manifested in the welfare of 
the organization. Mr. Detrick is an en- 
thusiastic ]\iason and none is more de- 
serving of this honor than he." 

Thus it will be seen that the office 
which, according to the teaching of the 
New Testament, no one has a right now 
to hold, but Jesus Christ, was given to 
Frank Detrick, who was called Grand 
High Priest and the man that conferred 
the office was called Most Excellent 
Grand High Priest. 

If any one attached real importance 
to the office conferred, because of the 
sanctity the words seemed to indicate, 
he may have received a slight shock a 
few days after the appointment was 
made, on reading in the daily paper that 
this same Mr. Detrick was manager of 
a ball about to be held in the Armory. 

But to show that the office of High 
Priest is treated as a joke in the Ma- 
sonic lodge, let me give the report of a 
St. John's Day celebration by the frater- 
nity in Tunkhannock, Pa. : "Bradley W. 
Lewis, in presenting the High Priest's 
jewel to John B. Jennings, was greeted 
with a ground swell of laughter which 
overflowed when a harp of the Hebrew 
variety was added by John B.'s friends 
who have long admired him as a prima 
donna." The notice in the next sentence 
of the report states that "Religion and 
Masonry was the theme of a pleasing 
address by Rev. J. H. Brown." If the 
remarks of the Rev. Mr. Brown imme- 
diately followed the presentation of the 
High Priest's jewel, as the item indi- 
cates, it would seem impossible for him 
to make an address which would be 
pleasing to his hearers and at the same 
time meet his obligation as a minister of 
Jesus Christ. 
Masonry Claims To Save Men From Sin. 

Masonry claims to do for men with- 
out Christ, what the New Testament de- 
clares can only be done through Christ, 
that is, to save men from sin. 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and 
thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31.) 
"Neither is there salvation in any other.'*^ 
(Acts 4:12.) "He that hath the Son hath 
life ; and he that hath not the Son of 
God hath not life." (i John 5:12.) 

Turning now to Masonic authority,. 

September, 1911 



you may read: ''We now (as Master 
Masons) find man complete in morality 
and intelligence, with the stay of re- 
ligion added, to insure him protection of 
Deity and to guard him against ever go- 
ing astray. These three degrees thus 
form a perfect and harmonious whole. 
Nor can we conceive that anything can 
be suggested more which the soul of man 
requires." (Sickels' Masonic Monitor, 
pages 97, 98.) "Acacian — a term derived 
from akakia (innocence) and signifying a 
IMason, who, by living in strict obedience 
to the obligations and precepts of the 
fraternity, is free from sin." In Mackey's 
Masonic Ritualist you may find this state- 
ment : "The common gavel is an instru- 
ment made use of by operative Masons 
to break ofi: the corners of rough stones, 
the better to fit them for the builder's 
use ; but we, as free and accepted Ma- 
sons, are taught to make use of it for the 
more noble and glorious purpose of di- 
vesting our hearts and consciences of all 
the vices and superfluities of life; there- 
by fitting our minds as living stones for 
that spiritual building, that 'house not 
made with hands, eternal in the heav- 
ens.' " 

"On a Sabbath in July, 1899, Dr. 
Washington Sullivan, president of the 
Ethical Religious Society, addressed a 
large audience in Steinway Hall on Ma- 
sonry. He took two texts, one from 
Emerson's essay on Worship, and the 
other from Kant's Critique of the Prac- 
tical Reason. The following are some of 
his utterances, as published in the Ameri- 
can Tyler, a leading periodical of the 
Masonic craft : 

"This purest essence of the ethic creed 
has been the inspiration of Alasonic 
teachings. To build up that which is to 
the soul what health is to the body — 
character — this has been the aim of Ma- 
sonry throughout the ages ; to show men 
that they may make of themselves living 
stones whereby a pure, strong, self-re- 
liant state may be raised ; to teach them 
that the keys of the kingdom of heaven 
are in the custody of no priest, corpora- 
tion or church, but in each man's own 
hands ; that no religion can make or un- 
make him save his own native endeavors ; 
that he must be born again, not of water 
or absolution, but by the arduous efforts 
and persistent determination of his own 

will. "^^ '•' '^ P^or this and other solemn 
truth Masonry has been a symbol and a 
witness ; and as long as such are the prin- 
ciples which it endeavors to inculcate, it 
must flourish, like the mystic city whose 
foundations were laid foursquare and 
imperishable. Can there be a second 
opinion about such an institution, which 
makes morality the sovereign concern 
of life? Of course, dogmatical churches 
of all colors frown upon it. To act as 
though conduct alone were a sufficient 
passport to present for future blessing is 
to remove the priest's candlestick out of 
its place. When Jean Valjean is dying, 
his fussy old landlady pushes her head 
into his attic and asks, 'Shall I send for 
a priest?' 'I have one,' was Valjean's 
reply. Valjean was a Mason and an Eth- 
icist. He was his own priest, savior, re- 
deemer. Believe me in truth and indeed, 
there is, there can be, no other. Each 
one stands severely, inexorably alone, 
where the supreme problem of individual 
destiny is concerned. And therefore I 
say, that nothing better could befall a 
young man, at the threshold of his life, 
so full of possibilities for good or ill, so 
pregnant with consequences to himself 
and others, than that he should fall early 
under Masonic influences and imbibe the 
masculine gospel of self-dependence and 
of self-reliance." 

The teaching of the quotation just 
made will compare favorably with that 
of other man-made religions, when put 
to the test of orthodoxy. Notice a few 
of the declarations made : "He was his 
own priest, savior, redeemer," "He must 
be born again * -^ * by the arduous ef- 
forts and persistent determination of his 
own will." 

Such teaching appeals to man's natural 
pride and pleases his depraved imagina- 
tion. Still if these views were held and 
proclaimed only by non-professing Chris- 
tians, they would accomplish much less 
harm than they produce under present 

The Awful Sin of Ministers. 

But the great harm done to the Church 
of Christ through these teachings is by 
professing Christians and especially by 
ministers of the gospel who adopt the 
Christless creed and manifest their ap- 
proval and submission by being stripped, 



September, 191L. 

hoodwinked and led as captives to bow at 
the altp.r where only a human high priest 
is recognized. 

This deistic rehgion is further en- 
dorsed in taking obligations wdiich it 
would seem that no self-respecting man, 
could he foresee, would ever assume. 
But faithfulness to the obligations taken 
and the perpetuation of membership are 
evidence of acceptance of the new re- 
ligion and approval of the initiation cere- 
monies with tlieir attendant oaths and 
penalties. It is in eltect saying, on the 
part of the Christian layman and min- 
ister alike, "I have tested this method of 
worship and give it my approval and 
influence." Thus, Peter-like, the pro- 
fessing Christian denies Christ wdiile 
warming by ^lasonic fire. 

The great question in the church to- 
day is. How can we reach and save men? 
They have been readied by the lodges, 
which as reported contain 8,000,000 of 
them. And these men Jiaz'e reason to be- 
Jieve that the religion of the lodges, 
•li'hichi is endorsed by Christian ministers 
Z'.-ho are affiliated with tliem, is sufficient 
for their solvation. 

Here may be found the explanation as 
to why it is almost impossible to secure 
the conversion of a Freemason. And the 
fact that the work is so hindered among 
Freemasons may account for the out- 
spoken opposition to Freemasonry by 
leading eA'angelists as Finnev, Moody, 
Pentecost, Dixon, Torrey, and others. 

A stock argument in favor of Free- 
masonry is that good men are members 
of the Masonic lodge. The wisdom of 
the children of this world is seen on the 
part of the lodge in the practice of re- 
ceiving and advancing ministers in the 
fraternity without money cost to said 

But it is a question whether it is quite 
the fair thing for a preacher of ris^ht- 
eousness to give the weight of his office 
and name to an organization which he 
would not unite with if a fee were char- 
ged him for initiation and advancement. 

But w^hile great and good men, both 
of the past and present, are named as 
Freemasons, others quite as great and 
^ood stronelv condemn the organization. 
Note the following testimonies : 

"I am prepared to complete the demonstra- 
tion before God and man, that the Masonic 
oaths, obligations, and penalties cannot by 

any possibility be reconciled to the laws of 
morality, of Christianity, or of the land." — 
John Qjiiiicy Adams. 

"I am opposed to all secret associations."— 
.tolin Hancock. . . ■ 

"They [secret societies] are a great evil, 
entirely out of place m a republic, and no 
patriot should join or uphold them." — Wen- 
dell Pluliips. 

"Before I would place my hand between 
the hands of other men in a secret lodge, or- 
der, class, or council, and bending" on my 
knee before them, enter into combination 
witli them for any object, personal or po- 
litical, good or bad, I would pray God that 
that hand and that knee might be paralyzed, 
and that I might become an ol)ject of pity 
and even the mockery of my fellow men.'' — 
Wm. H. Sezvard. 

"All secret associations, the members of 
which take upon themselves extraordinary ob- 
ligations to one another, an^d are bound to- 
j^ether by secret oaths, are naturally sources 
of jealousy and , just alarm to others; are- 
especialiy unfavorable to harmony and mutual 
confidence among- men living together under 
popular institutions, and are dangerous to- 
the general cause of civil liberty and just 
government. Under the influence of this con- 
viction I heartily approve the law, lately en- 
acted in the state of which I am a citizen, 
for abolishing all such oaths and obligations."^ 
— Daniel Webster. 

"My whole record is against tliem." — 
Frances E. Willard. 

"Of all I wish to say of secret societies,- 
this is th.e sum : Secret oaths — 

"1. Can be shown, hi.-torically. to have led 
to crime. 

"2. Are natural sources of jealousy and 
just alarm to society at large. 

"3. A-re especially unfavorable to harmony 
and mutual confidence among men living to- 
gether under popular institutions. 

"4. Are dangerous to the general cause of 
civil liberty and just government. 

"5. Are condemned by the severe denun- 
ciations of many of the wisest statesmen,, 
preachers and reformers. 

"6. Are opposed to Christian principles, 
especially to those implied in these three 
texts : 

" 'In secret have I said nothing.' 

" 'Be not unequally yoked together zifith un- 

"'Give no offence in anything, tJiat the 
mi )i is try be not blamed.' 

"7. Are forbidden in some portions of our 
Republic by the civil law, and ought to be in 
all portions. Many European governments- 
hold Freemasonry under grave suspicions, as' 
a mask for conspiracies against throne and 

"8. Are forbidden to church members by 
some Christian denominations and ought to be 
by all." — Joseph Cook. 

"I do not see how an intelligent, conse- 
crated Christian can belong to a secret order. 
It is an express disobedience to God's plairr 
command (II Cor. 6:14). Furthermore, the 

September, 1911. 



awful mockery of the profane prayer in the 
pretended resurrection scene in the initiation 
ceremonies of the Master Mason's degree 
must shock beyond measure any man of real 
spirituality. Some of the oaths in higher de- 
grees of Masonary must be horrible Ijeyond 
expression to any man possessed of genuine 
Christian sentiment." — R. A. Torrey. 

"Give them the truth, anyway, and if they 
would rather leave their churches than tlieir 
lodges, the sooner they get out of the churches 
the better. I would rather have ten mem- 
bers who were separated from the world than 
a thousand such members." — Dwight L. 

(To be continued.) 


What Rule is Best for Securing Young 
Men for the Christian Church. 


The question submitted to me is this : 
"'Would it be better for churches which 
are opposed to secret societies to refuse 
admission to young men who are con- 
nected with various beneficiary organiza- 
tions, or to receive them to membership 
in the church and seek to wean them 
from the lodge afterwards?" 

This question is suggested by the fact 
that the young men of our generation are 
so largely hostile or indifferent to the 
church. In our cities, and in country 
places as well, a large per cent of the 
young men are connected with various 
beneficiary organizations. Some of them 
are opposed to the older orders such as 
the Jesuits, Freemasons, Od'dfellows, 
and the like. They have united with 
these fraternal organizations for the 
purpose of insurance. Many of them 
attend the meetings seldom or not at 

Ministers are raising the question 
whether or not the rules which forbid 
memberikhip in the church to such per- 
sons should not be relaxed, the thought 
to the church and ultimately from the 

Not Condemned for Poor Business 

The answer to this question depends 
upon the character of these organizations. 
That they are financially unsound seems 
clear from the very principles upon which 
thev are constructed. As temporary ex- 
pedients, while the greater part of the 
membership is young, they may do; but 
when the membership grows older, death 

assessments become so 'frequent or so 
large as to cripple or destroy them. It 
is stated that over 3,000 fraternal insur- 
ance companies, each of them involving 
the lodge principle, have perished within 
the last forty years. Almost every week 
some new name is added to this long 
death roll ; but the church, which 
should indeed care for the material inter- 
ests of its members, is not chiefly con- 
cerned with them. It should antagonize 
these lodges because they are financially 
injurious; but this alone would not fur- 
nish a good reason for excluding their 
members from church fellowship. 

No man should be denied the privileges 
of the church because his business judg- 
ment is poor. The exclusion must be 
justified, if at all, upon moral grounds — 
on the ground that these lesser orders are 
one in principle with the greater. 

Membership in Pagan Religious Organiza- 
tions Ought to Debar from Church 

Freemasonry, Oddfellowship and all 
similar organizations are pagan religions. 
The God whom they worship is the god 
of this world. He is not God the Father 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their prayers 
are not offered in the name of Jesus, their 
creed is deistic, their ceremonies are de- 
grading to manhood and even dangerous 
to life and limb, their obligations are anti- 
Christian. If the beneficiary orders are 
of the same sort, of course the church 
should require persons who are members 
of them to cease from that membership 
before they seek to identify themselves 
with it. 

Minor and Major Orders the Same in Na- 
ture and Tendency. 

I am satisfied that the lesser orders, 
as they are called, are the same in nature 
and tendency as those that are called 

The Modern Woodmen of America, 
when organized, attempted to omit every- 
thing of a religious character. No pray- 
ers were provided, no Scriptures were to 
be read. The organization was declared 
by its founder to be purely secular, and 
to have no purpose except the relief of 
suffering and need. Yet the \\'oodmen 
have alreadv a burial service. They are 
now asking ministers to preach sermons 
to them once a year, and are going on 



September, 1911. 

the Sabbath days to the graveyards for 
memorial services there. The fact is, men 
need some rehgion. They wish it, and 
when thev are not wilHng- to be Christians 
they make a religion for themselves. If 
this be true, that the minor and major 
orders are the same in nature and ten- 
dency, then I am decidedly of the opinion 
that churches should instruct young men 
regarding them before, and not after, they 
become members of the church. 

If we allow that these beneficiary or- 
ders are evil in essential respects, and if 
we hold that young men should antago- 
to be determined, first, as respects her 
nize them, the duty of the Church is then 
children, and, second, as regards those 

The attempt to draw men into the 
church, leaving them in ignorance of the 
true character of the adversaries of the 
church, has been a disastrous failure. 
There is no reason to suppose that it will 
be more successful in the future than it 
has been in the past. If the church will 
teach our young men what they ought to 
know, and live before them as it should, 
they will unite with the church, and will 
not have to be coaxed to leave lodges. 

What Rule for Other Young Men? 

Respecting the work for young men 
who are not reared in Christian homes, 
the idea of the Church is still to educate. 
At the present time we hear much said 
about "attracting" people to the churches. 
Various devices are used for this pur- 
pose, and they have a greater or less 
degree of success, but it is evident to 
any one who has studied the question that 
attracting people to the church for an oc- 
casion and attracting them to an intelli- 
gent and constant membership in it are 
widely different things. The only churches 
which have succeeded in doing the latter 
are those which have preached the gos- 
pel, and thus met the deeper needs of 
the human heart. Hired singers, entertain- 
ments, popular addresses and the like 
may draw a large number of persons to 
the church, but unfortunately they will 
soon fall away and will do very little 
good while they are present. 
God's Standard Ought Not to Be Relaxed, 

What is needed for the church is a com- 
pany of men and women truly converted 
and fully consecrated to the work of sav- 

ing others from the death of sin. These 
cannot be secured by any hocus pocus, 
but only by the power of God. This 
power is not granted to tricks and de- 
vices, but to penitence, faith and prayer. 
Churches and persons who really desire 
God may be assured of His presence and 
blessing, and when they have Him they 
will secure all the favor with men that 
will be good for them. What our churchei 
should do is not to lower the standard 
which the word of God sets up, but to 
abide by it and bring the people up to it. 
This is the path of duty and of victory. 



Just as we were closing the forms of 
this number, word was received that 
"Dear Mother died this morning (Sat- 
urday, August 19th). Did not suffer 
at the last — just quietly stopped breath- 

Mrs. Laura L. Cullor's memory will 
be precious not only to her ten children, 
but also to all who love a godly charac- 
ter and a loyal servant of the Master. 
Few have been called upon to bear as 
heavy a cross as she and her husband 
bore for fidelity to the antisecrecy cause, 
when buildings were burned, stock pois- 
oned, tongues of valuable cattle cut out, 
sixteen head of fine steers stolen at one 
time, besides hogs and sheep; and also 
law-suits were trumped up, which cost 
thousands of dollars to defend, and an 
abuse of themselves and family that is 
almost unparalleled in ^present times. 

''Nearer and dearer are the blessed dead 

Than we are wont to think. 
When with farewells and tears we bow the 

Beside the solemn brink. 

^ffi 5JC i}^ -^ f^ 'T^ 5)* 

"Oh, comforting, sweet thought — that 
though we stand 

On death-divided shores, 
Love still can stretch to us its angel hand, 

And lay its heart on ours!" 

David said, "I shall not want." God 
gives us not only what we need but what 
we want. God saves us from all unholy 
desires and we feel satisfied with holy 

September, 1911. 



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Some Examples of Masonic Benevolence 
and Morality. 

Half a dozen summers previous to the 
one in which occurred the scenes relat- 
ed in the last chapter, there happened 
one of those common and yet most sad 
events, a serious accident to a laboring 
man with a wife and children depend- 
ent upon him for their daily bread. He 
was a carpenter and fell from an imper- 
fectly built staging, receiving severe in- 
ternal injuries that resulted in his death 
after a year of lingering illness. 

"The lodge will see to you and the 
children," whispered the dying man to 
his weeping wife, whose always delicate 
health had been shattered by incessant 
watching at the bedside of her sick hus- 
band, and, knowing that his death would 
leave her without a penny, could not 
see in the dark night of approaching wid- 
owhood the glimmer of a single star of 
'earthly hope. "I've always paid my 
dues regular till that accident happen- 
ed. The lodge owes it to me to see that 
vou and the children are well provided 

"They have given us in all but twenty 
dollars since you have been sick," an- 
swered the wife, who was only a woman 
and reasoned as women are apt to in 
such matters. "That is but a fraction 
of what you have paid them at one time 
and another. And I am sure we have 
needed the money." 

"I know twenty dollars don't go a 
great ways, but we've rubbed along. 
And now I've got pretty nigh the end, 
so there'll be all the more for you and 
the children." 

His wife was silent. She had her 
misgivings, but not for worlds would 
she breathe the shadow of a doubt into 
the ear of that soul that was passing into 
eternity, happy in the thought that he 
belonged to a brotherhood which made 
the widow and the orphan the objects 
of its especial care. 

That night he died. The lodge buried 
him with Christless prayers and dirges, 
and, to do it justice, spared none of the 
honors to which a defunct "worthy 
brother'' is Masonically entitled. The 
widow's hopes revived. Surely they 
who would do so much for the dead 
would have a care for the living. But 
the lodge, when applied to for assistance, 
viewed the matter in a slightly different 
light. For, to state the simple truth, a 
number of grand suppers given by the 
fraternity, sundry bills of cost for re- 
galia, gloves, aprons, etc., to say nothing 
of a great many extras for wine, beer 
and cigars, had swallowed up so much 
of the charity fund as to leave the lodge 
in no condition to heed her appeal. But 
it must not be supposed that any such 
explanation of the case was given to the 
indigent widow when she asked for fur- 
ther aid. Oh, no. She was coolly told 
that her husband had not paid his dues 
for a year, and they had done all that 
could reasonably be expected of them in 
giving him Masonic burial. 

She could not prove that the lodge had 
taken her husband's money and paid 
him back, not counting interest, scarce 
a fifth part of what was his actual due. 
The widow struggled along for a while ; 
a few individual Masons contributed to 
her relief from their own pockets, but 
as benevolently inclined persons are to 
be found everywhere and the lodge col- 
lectively had nothing to do with these 
contributions, it may be fair to infer 
that they might possibly have done the 
same thing whether Masons or not. It 
was a hopeless struggle even with occa- 
sional aid from private charity. Her 
health completely broke down at last. 
Her two children were bound out, while 
she went to the almshouse as her only 
refuge, dying there soon after of quick 

Death, in separating her from her chil- 
dren, however, spared her, as death so 
often does, the pang of a deeper anguish 
— for she was Mary Lyman's mother. 



September, 1911. 

It doesn't matter where I gathered 
these facts. They are true. This is not 
-a statistical book or else I should be 
tempted to give a few figures that would 
demonstrate to the most skeptical that 
the benevolence of the lodge is on a par 
with its morality — a hollow sham, a 
Avhited sepulchre. 

]Mary Lyman's father was a Mason, 
hut this fact did not save her from ruin 
and death at the hands of a brother Ma- 
son who had solemnly sworn to preserve 
inviolate the chastity of all women with 
near [Masonic kindred, though with this 
very convenient little proviso attached, 
''kiwK'lnci tlicjii to be such:'' 

AA'omen of America, do you hold your 
pin'ity so lightly that you can afford to 
countenance such a system as this ? Will 
you. knowing these things, still continue 
to smile on the lodge and accept its slimy 
favors ? Sisters of the Church of Christ, 
does it matter nothing to you that Ma- 
sonry rejects His name from her ritual as 
''too sectarian" and tramples His aton- 
ing blood under foot by teaching anoth- 
er way of salvation ? that by the testi- 
mony of her own writers she traces back 
"her origin to the ancient heathen myster- 
ies with their abominable rites of dark- 
ness, and aspires, as we learn from the 
same unquestionable source, to become 
finally "the universal religion of man- 
"hood?" Can you prav for the speedy 
coming of Christ's millennial reign and 
be indifferent to the fact that another 
kingdom is being set up in which He has 
neither part nor lot ? Will you apologize 
for such a system? defend it by your 
silence or worse still ''care nothing about 
it?" As it rejects Christ, so it has no 
place for woman, and should the day 
ever dawn when Masonry becomes the 
tmiversal religion, God help her! 

Rachel herself gathered the flowers 
from her own garden to lay about the 
dead girl's white, still form. She placed 
a half -opened rosebud between the clos- 
ed fingers, kissed, the cold forehead, and 
with solemn words of prayer that seem- 
ed in their tender, impassioned earnest- 
ness like a personal appeal to that infin- 
ite, unchanging Pity which is at the heart 
of God in Christ, visibly manifested be- 
fore his eyes — it was Elder Stedman 
who perform.ed the last services — Mary 
Li'man was laid awav in a corner of the 

potter's field outside the cemetery to 
slumber till the resurrection morning. 

But before the grave had set its seal 
of corruption on the statuesque beauty 
of a single lineament her murderer was 
released on a writ of habeas corpus and 
admitted to bail ! 

Elder Stedman, when the funeral was 
over, came back to our house ; but, un- 
heeding the cup of tea that Rachel pour- 
ed out for him, he paced up and down 
the room in stern and solemn silence, 
broken at last by these abrupt words — 

'T have been like one of the foolish 
prophets. I have healed the hurt of the 
daughter of my people slightly. God 
forgive me. Henceforth every faculty 
of mind and body shall be devoted to an 
unceasing warfare against this dragon 
of Masonry that stands like his proto- 
type in Revelation ready to engulf and 
sv/allow the church with the devouring 
flood he casts out of his mouth." 

"Why, Mark;" said I, "you do your- 
self injustice. When hardly a preacher 
in these parts dares to mention Masonry 
you have scourged it unsparingly from 
the pulpit. What can you do more?" 

"I tell you, Leander," said Mark, 
pausing a moment in his agitated walk, 
"I feel as if I had only tickled the mon- 
ster by throwing wooden darts at him. 
Henceforth it must be a hand to hand 
combat. Onh^ the iron of truth can pen- 
etrate between the scales of his armor, 
for, like Apollyon, his scales are his 
pride. I must lecture as well as preach 
on this subject." 

"But, Mark," I answered, a little 
startled, "you will only rouse persecu- 
tion. A good many people seem to think 
Masonry is like the Giant Pope whom 
Christian saw sitting in the mouth of his 
cave — too old and decrepit to hurt. But I 
know better. The lodge don't care much 
for a few side thrusts, but attack it at 
close quarters and you will find that it 
can turn with as deadly vengeance as it 
did in Morgan's day." 

"Well," answered the Elder, quietly, 
"I am old and gray-headed now, and a 
few years of life less or more matters 
little to me. There is a conflict coming 
and woe unto me if I gird not on my ar- 
mor to meet it. My old belief comes back 
to me. This is going to be no ordinary 
contest. It is the battle of Armageddon. 

September, ll'll. 



the last great contiict before the final 

Mark spoke with the same kindling 
eyes and solemn fervor with which he 
had dilated on this very same subject 
forty years before. 

"I have had some such thoughts 
myself," I answered, after a mo- 
ment's silence. "Organized secrecy 
seems to be Satan's last and most 
cunning move. In the old pagan 
and popery times he tried to con- 
quer the church by sheer open force. 
Now he is trying to undermine the cita- 
del, and the worst of it is the church 
won't be roused to see her danger. How- 
ever, I suppose I can no more keep you 
out of the battle than I could Job's war- 
horse. Only have a care of yourself, 
Mark, for Hannah's sake." 

The Elder started as if I had touched 
a tender chord, for he and Hannah were 
a lonely couple now. Of their two sons, 
one had died in the service of his coun- 
try, the other was a toiling missionary 
on the far-off soil of southern Africa. 
But it was only for an instant, then the 
pole star of his life shone out clear and 

"I told Hannah the day she married 
me that she must take me as the Coven- 
anter John Brown took his wife, Isabel, 
with the assurance that when she least 
expected it the hand of violence might 
part him from her. We have learned 
to hold nothing back — not even each 

But while the Elder was thus absorb- 
ed in thoughts of that great pre-millen- 
nial contest which he believed was ap- 
proaching. Colonel Montfort was like- 
wise thinking — though on a different 
subject and with a good cigar to aid the 
process. Two difficult tasks lay before 
him ; one was the triumphant delivery 
of Maurice Jervish from the hands of 
justice, the other was the sacrifice of An- 
son Lovejoy to violated Masonic law. 

The Colonel was not a man of gener- 
ous impulses, and had there been no 
other tie between him and Mary Ly- 
man's murderer than mere friendship, 
he would in all probability have washed 
his hands of him. He desired to shield 
Jervish, firstly and primarily, because 
the honor and glory of Masonry de- 

manded it. V\ hat was to become of the 
fraternity if its members could claim no- 
special privileges over honest men ? A 
vital (|uestion to the Colonel, who knew 
very well that there had been times in 
his own political and military career 
when he might have fared badly if the 
shielding of each other's crimes had 
formed no part oi lodge obligations. 
However hopeless the situation might, 
appear to un-Masonic eyes, in the light 
of these encouraging items of his past 
experience, the Colonel did not despair 
of bringing oft' his friend with flying col- 
^)rs. It was over another subject that 
he spent the most anxious thought, andl 
constuiied the greatest number of cigars. 
He hated Anson Lovejoy as wicked- 
ness will always hate rectitude. He was 
furious that he had dared to pursue Jer- 
vish and deliver him over to the grasp 
of the law ; and as the controlling spirit 
of the lodge he was well aware how very 
easily the wrath of the fraternity against 
him could be made to bring forth its. 
legitimate fruit — murder. Nor is it too 
much to say of the Colonel that he knew 
he could at any moment put his finger 
on the men who would not scruple to- 
dispose of Anson Lovejoy after the most 
approved Masonic fashion. The pos- 
sibility, however, of another Antimasonic 
excitement was a factor which contin- 
ually came in and disturbed the Colonel's 
reckoning, for he was a man accustom- 
ed to weigh duly all the pros and cons 
before committing- himself to a course 
of action which might entail disagree- 
able consequences. But his hatred of 
Lovejoy burned with so intense a flame 
that for once passion overpowered the 
cool and calculating selfishness which 
with him as with most men of that pe- 
culiar caliber was the governing princi- 
ple of his life. 

The sound of his name spoken in low 
and cautious tones by some one standing 
outside broke in upon the Colonel's med- 
itations. He rose and, opening the long 
window, stepped out upon the piazza. 
A man stood there in the moonlight, a 
prominent member of Fidelity Lodge. 

"Oh, it is you, Mugford. I suppose 
all the arrangements are made then : but 
don't let too many into the secret. Half 
a dozen would be enough if the affair 
was managed properly." 



September, 1911. 

"I've talked with Golding and Peck 
and the others. They will be all ready 
to do their part when the time comes. 
But \Miitby we can't depend on I am 
afraid. He hangs back." 

The Colonel muttered an oath. 

"\\'ell, shut his mouth up some way. 
If he is disposed to blab give him a hint 
that ^^■e know how to manage traitors, 
\\> can deal with one as well as anoth- 
er." And after a little more conversa- 
tion of like tenor the two conspirators 

]\Iasonic min-ders would be mtich more 
common than is happily the case if the 
brethren everywhere lived up to their 
obligations : but just as the majority of 
slaveholders were far more humane than 
the system which gave them irresponsi- 
ble power, so ]Masons as a rule are better 
than the institution which swears its de- 
votees to bring every traitor to ^'strict 
and condign punishment." 

Among the hardened and desperate 
men. the rowdies, gamblers and drunk- 
ards who surrounded Colonel Montfort 
and moved obsequiously to do his bid- 
ding, there was one who shrank from 
the crime of secret assassination. The 
result was that Anson Lovejoy the 
next day received from an unknown 
source a much crumpled note with a 
rude imitation of the square and com- 
pass in the corner, which after correct- 
ing some peculiarities of orthography 
ran as follows : 

"Don"t go to the lodge tonight. They 
mean to ask you to resign, then drag you 
from the chair if you refuse, and murder 
you in the lodge room. In the scuffle it 
will never be known who struck the blow. 
If you value your life, stay away. 

"A Friend and a Mason." 

"How do I know but this is a mere 
foolish trick to frighten me?" said Love- 
joy. *Tt would look too cowardly to 
stay away. I can't do it." 

''Xo," I said, earnestly, ''this is no 
trick but a friendly warning. You must 
heed it." 

Lovejoy stood irresolute. I knew he 
felt as a brave man always does at the 
thought of saving his life by what seems 
like cowardly flight from a post of duty. 

'T have thought of a plan," I said, 
after a moment's silence. "Go to the 

lodge to-night, as usual, and your life 
shall be protected." 


*■ Station a guard around the lodge. 
There are plenty of Antimasons in Gran- 
by that would rather enjoy serving in 
such a capacity. Take your seat in the 
chair precisely as at any ordinary meet- 
ing, and as soon as there is the least at- 
tempt at violence, give the signal and 
we will burst open the door and rush 

''That will do," he said, after a mo- 
mentls deliberation. *'No' better plan 
could be devised." 

And with the understanding that I 
should as quickly and quietly as possible 
gather a force sufficient for his protec- 
tion, Anson Lovejoy prepared to front 
the men who had secretly banded to- 
gether to take his life. For what? For 
violating his Masonic obligations. In 
other words, for daring to do his duty 
as an honest God-fearing citizen of this 
free Republic, consecrated to liberty by 
the blood and tears of our forefathers, 
yet fostering in its bosom a dark and ter- 
rible despotism which, when its laws are 
violated, knows neither mercy nor for- 
giveness, allows of no appeal from its 
sentence, and punishes without the form 
of trial. 

Although the tide of popular excite- 
ment in Granby had subsided with the 
arrest of Jervish, it left, as such excite- 
ments usually do, a deposit behind it. 
Firm and settled conviction had taken 
in many minds the place of ignorance 
and doubt. Pronounced Antimasons 
were scarce before," now they were very 
common. Consequently I found no diffi- 
culty in gathering a force sufficiently 
large to surround the lodge and prevent 
the threatened attack on Anson Lovejoy. 

We allowed the brethren time to as- 
semble, and then marching silently from 
our place of rendezvous we took our 
stations around the building, scarcely 
daring to breathe lest some sound should 
escape our ears from the upper room 
where the lodge was meeting. 

Meanwhile Lovejoy had seated him- 
self in the Master's chair and gone 
through the preliminary exercises with 
outward calmness. He no longer doubt- 
ed the truth of the warning note. Even 

September, 191], 



before he caught sight of a knife con- 
cealed under the coat of one of the mem- 
bers he knew himself to be surrounded 
by a hand of secret assassins, and felt 
that on his courage and tact in co-operat- 
ing with those outside his life depended. 

Colonel Montfort, as before hinted, 
was a man that preferred to do his dirty 
work by means of tools. He meant to 
keep his hand concealed throughout this 
whole affair. It was therefore no part 
of his scheme to open the attack on 
Lovejoy in person, but to put forward 
Simon Peck instead, as the mouth-piece 
of the lodge. Peck was an ignorant and 
illiterate man, and far from being a 
good spokesman, but he knew that the 
demand to resign would be felt by Love- 
joy as an additional insult, coming from 
such a quarter. Peck was the most sub- 
servient of tools under his master's eye, 
and in the present case some personal 
feeling mingled with the infuriated hate 
towards Lx)vejoy which he shared in 
common with the other members of the 
lodge, for so violating his Masonic ob- 
ligations as to arrest a murderer. 

Some writer has said that everybody 
is well connected in certain directions. 
So also is the opposite /act true, espec- 
ially among the heterogeneous elements 
that compose American society — for 
^Maurice Jervish, the personal friend of 
Colonel Montfort, was also some con- 
nection of the Pecks. It was there he 
had first seen Alary Lyman, and though 
he moved in a so much higher social 
sphere than they, was quite willing to 
take all the advantage which his relation- 
ship to the family gave him in accom- 
plishing the ruin of his victim. Peck 
had badgered his wife into denying be- 
fore the coroner's jury all knowledge of 
the closed carriage that had been seen 
to stop at their door the night Mary was 
missing ; he had likewise aided in secret- 
ing Jervish — it was believed on his prem- 
ises, which the sheriff, true to his Ma- 
sonic obligations, refused to search — all 
at the bidding of Colonel Montfort, who 
found in Peck just that mixture of bigot- 
ry and self-conceit which is so conven- 
ient in the underlings of the lodge when 
their superiors wish to manipulate them 
for purposes of their own. 

Lovejoy listened calmly to the end of 
the halting, ungrammatical speech, which 

was really nothing but a low tirade of 
abuse. He was prepared for this part 
of the programme. Peck sat down and 
wiped his forehead, rather exhausted 
with his effort at oratory, but supremely 
satisfied therewith. There was an in- 
stant's silence, during which Lovejoy's 
eye looked with eagle keenness over the 
throng of conspirators which surrounded 
him like a pack of hungry wolves thirst- 
ing for his blood ; and then he answered 
slowly and firmly : 

"If I have committed any offense 
against Masonic law I am willing to meet 
the charge, and if proved, submit like 
any ordinary member to the sentence of 
the lodge. I am denounced as a traitor. 
To resign the chair under these circum- 
stances would be equivalent to a plea of 
guilty, and I therefore refuse most de- 
cidedly to do any such thing." 

This reply was also in agreement with 
the programme. There was a murmur 
of rage as Lovejoy finished speaking. 
and a forward movement from the mem- 
ber who carried the concealed dirk. 

''You shall resign, 3^ou blasted traitor!" 
he exclaimed, with an oath. "Take vour 
choice, either be dragged from the chair 
or give it up peaceably." 

'T will neither be dragged from the 
chair nor give it up," coolly answered 
Lovejoy, who knew that the fatal mo- 
ment was fast approaching when, ac- 
cording to their pre-concerted arrange- 
ment, the w^iole band of ruffians would 
be on him. "You have met here to take 
my life. I know it, and others know it. 
too. A guard of the citizens of Granby, 
at least a hundred strong, now surround 
this lodge, prepared to rescue me from 
}^our hands should you attempt violence. 
I have only to give a certain signal and 
they will rush in. The result may be 
a worse Antimasonic excitement than the 
one yon accuse me of heading. Now^ 
take your choice ; give up your plan to 
assassinate me, or carry it through and 
take the consequences." 

The lion's mouth was fairly shut, for 
the most infuriated Mason present did 
not care to provoke the popular ven- 
geance that would have surely followed 
any attack on Lovejov. Colonel ]Mont- 
fort, under his concealing mustache, fair- 
ly ground his teeth with rage at this un- 
looked-for miscarriage of his deep and 

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September, 1011. 

subtle plot. He liad rightly calculated 
that with every member of the lodge 
pledged to keep ^lasonic silence over the 
altair, and ]\Iasonic sheriffs and juries 
to obstruct the course of justice in every 
possible way, there would not be the 
ten thousandth part of a chance that the 
actual perpetrators of the deed would 
ever be discovered or punished. Nor 
had it occurred to his mind that Love- 
jov, even if he should hear of the plot 
against him, would take any other meas- 
ure of self-defense than simply to stay 

"I have one more remark to make on 
this subject," continued Lovejoy, look- 
ing round with unflinching gaze on the 
baffled conspirators. "You denounce me 
as being false to Masonry because in 
the discharge of my duties as a citizen, 
I arrested a criminal who' is also a Ma- 
son. If to be true to my lodge obliga- 
tions requires me to be false to God and 
my country, then I have had enoush of 
the system, and the world has had far 
too much ; and the only thing that I or 
any other honest man can do in such a 
case is to quit it." 

I will not transcribe the ^ volley of 
cursing and profanity which followed 
this speech of Lovejoy's. It was as if 
hell had broken loose. Colonel Mont- 
fort, who had by this time assured him- 
self that eager ears were really strain- 
ing in the darkness and silence below to 
catch the least sound of tumult or up- 
roar in the lodge, was alarmed. 

*'The brethren forget that this is a 
meeting for business," he said, with cool 
effronterv. "We are onlv wasting time 
by this useless talk. Our Worshipful 
Master charges the brethren with a con- 
spiracy to assassinate him. I on my part 
charge him with un-Masonic conduct in 
hiring a mob of cowans and eavesdrop- 
pers to surround the lodge ; with using 
inflammatory language designed to ex- 
cite the public mind against the order, 
besides many other violations of his ob- 
ligations and dutie3 as a Mason. I there- 
fore move that a complaint be present- 
ed to the Grand Lodge of the State 
against Anson Lovejoy, Worshipful 
Master of Fidelity Lodge, No. 60., A. 
F. & A. M., petitioning for his expul- 
sion and removal from office." 

Lovejoy listened with calm disdain. 
To a man who had stood but the mo- 
ment before face to face with death this 
was but the firing of blank cartridges. 
The after proceedings were unimport- 
ant, and after an unusually brief and 
quiet meeting the lodge disbanded, fairly 
checkmated in its murderous purpose. 

The hushed and silent crowd kept 
vigilant watch till Lovejoy came out; 
then greeted him with enthusiastic cheers 
that could be heard half over Granby. 
He was the hero of the hour, but I fan- 
cied that like some other heroes he felt 
that there w^as a certain thing lacking ta 
his triumph. 

''A Christian should not bear mxalice, 
Mr. LoA^ejoy," I said, as I shook his 
hand. "Give us a call tomorrow and al- 
low Mrs. Severns to congratulate you." 

Lovejoy hesitated. He had not cross- 
ed our threshold since the day Rachel 
had forbid his entrance ; and I could not 
blame him if he entertained some rank- 
ling remembrance of her harsh and bitter 

'Tf you think I shall be welcome — 
not otherwise," he answered. 

"Try it," I said, with a smile. Love- 
joy hesitated no longer. 

"Thank you, Mr. Severns, I will, if 
it is only to prove that I 'bear no malice," 
as you call it, because your good wife 
told me the truth. I was a companion 
of murderers as tonight's events have 
made me realize. But I am so no lon- 


The next day, agreeably to his prom- 
ise, he came over. Rachel met him with 
extended hand and a hearty, "Forgive 
me, I was unjust; but I have found out 
my mistake." 

"I have nothing to forgive, Mrs. Sev- 
erns," was his equally sincere and hearty 
answer. "The medicine was harsh, but- 
I am no worse for it." 

"A curse from the depths of womanhood 
Is very bitter and salt and good." 
(To be continued.) 

Those who adhere intelligently and 
determinedly to Freemasonry have no 
right in the Christian Church. — Charles 
G. Finney. 

■ :■;■■,,:', t 

September, 1911, 



Mm$ of ®ur Woxk 

The church of the Brethren in Belle- 
fontaine was well filled on the first even- 
ing of the Ohio State convention, and 
the interest as well as the numbers in- 
creased to the end. It is not usual to see 
forty stalwart men, besides women, pres- 
ent at a morning meeting as early as 9 130 
o'clock. Not only the Ohio State Asso- 
ciation, but the Church of Christ gen- 
erally, owes a debt of gratitude to Rev. 
J. E. Hartzler, of Elkhart, Ind., for his 
consecrated, unselfish and helpful serv- 
ices in the defense and enlargement of 
the Kingdom of his Lord. 

We are getting well toward the half- 
century mark of the organization of the 
N, C. A., and it seemed remarkable that 
in this State convention there should 
have been present three who were at 
the birth of the movement. Bishop Dil- 
lon, Captain Scott and President Blanch- 
ard, we believe, were each at the Pitts- 
burgh meeting at which the association 
was formed. 

The financial statement of the treas- 
urer showed that the collections during 
the State convention were $47.92, the 
amount in the treasury $15.42, making 
a total of $63.34. The expenses of the 
convention were $57.95, which left a bal- 
ance in the treasury of $5.39. The re- 
port of the secretary of the convention 
has not vet been received. 


Lima. Ohio, Aug. 16, 191 1. 

Dear Cynosurk : 

I am waiting a train to Dunkirk, Ohio, 
where I go to meet Wesleyan Methodist 
friends in their Conference. 

W'e have just had a season of refresh- 
ing in the Ohio work. Weather favored, 
and the people attended the Ohio state 
gathering at Bellefontaine in a way that 
cheers. The church was comfortably 
filled at the evening and afternoon ses- 
sions. The morning session also showed 
a live interest. Had all come at once the 
church would not have been large 

There was but one on the program 
who failed to appear. We missed our 
good brother, Hon. H. R. Smith, but 

were assured that his absence was un- 
avoidable, f never heard Reverend 
Hartzler and President Blanchard speak 
with greater force and freedom. Fruit 
from their sowing appeared at once. 
Many were stirred, some converted and 
others were set to thinking. 

We regretted the illness of the pastor 
of the church, which kept him from this 
meeting to which he looked with prayer 
and expectation. He has the prayers of 
many for his recovery. The coming of 
our general secretary was appreciated. 
The ladies gave us a happy surprise in 
the good things to eat which they brought 
in baskets fresh from the farm. 

When I began work in Ohio, about 
twenty-five years ago, among the active 
workers I found Capt. J. M. Scott, of 
Granville, T. C. Speer, of Northwood, 
and the brothers, T. W. and J. L Stew- 
art, of Belle Center. These friends have 
all passed their three score, and two, at 
least, their four score years, and it was 
an unexpected pleasure to have them 
again with us in Convention. They were 
doubtless encouraged in seeing younger 
men taking up the battle they have w^aged 
in other years. We were indeed glad to 
join with Doctor Dillon in thanking God 
for the health that permitted him to again 
address us. 

Our good President Gottshall found 
it difficult to leave the multipliea duties 
of his large field, but he was with us with 
his accustomed energy and blessing. Rev. 
S. P. Long, of Mansfield, sent his con- 
tribution and reported a church member- 
ship of 1,700 now in his care. He re- 
cently delivered the strongest anti-secre- 
cy address of his life, before one thou- 
sand people. 

There were some splendid points in 
the address of our ex-president, Rev. W. 
J. Sanderson, of Cedarville. "The lodge 
people tell us they have some good men. 
Supposing," said Brother Sanderson, "I 
should say I had a few good cattle, when 
the buyer came around, what would be 
the inference regarding the rest of the 

' Doctor Dillon's story of the hunters 
and the soup brought out rather aptly 
the same point that Brother Sanderson 
made. One brought a squirrel and put it 
into the soup. Another brought a quail 
and put it in the soup ; another a pigeon. 



September, 1911. 

and put it in the soup, and another a 
skunk, and put it in the soup. "The 
last." said the Doctor, "skunked the whole 
business." The application to the lodge 
is easy. 

Friends from West Liberty. Hunts- 
ville, Xorthwood, Belle Center, etc., 
turned out in good numbers. 

\Miile preparing for the Convention, I 
o^ave addresses in three Mennonite 
churches in and near West Liberty, m the 
churches of the Brethren at Bellefon- 
taine and Logan, and in the Friends' 
church, Bellefontaine. The Cynosure 
subscription list, though previously very 
good at West Liberty and Bellefontaine, 
was more than doubled. These people 
believe in our work and are willing to 
support it. 

W. B. Stoddard. 

A Postscript. 

AW ^L Conference : 

Dunkirk, O., Aug. i8, 191 1. 

I found here, as expected, an earnest 
Christian people interested in N. C. A. 
work. They gave me a seat in the Con- 
ference and an hour to present the Cause. 
The spiritual atmosphere is good. Four- 
teen subscriptions are added to the Cyno- 
sure list. 

I go soon to Smithville and Damascus, 
Ohio. W. B. S. 


Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 3, 191 1. 

Mr. Wm. L Phillips, 

Chicago, 111. 
Dear Brother in Christ Jesus : 

After leaving Brinkley I stopped at 
Clarendon, Ark., where the Woman's 
State Association convened June 27th. 
I distributed tracts amone the ministers. 
There were a goodly number of them 
there. I remem.ber giving a tract to one 
preacher, who said tO' me: ''Sister, the 
lodges are wrong, but nothing can take 
men out of them but the Holy Spirit." 
I answered : "Yes, but the men need the 
Word of God first,which is the sword of 
the Spirit TEph. 6:17), then the Holy 
Spirit has something to work on in them. 
It is the Word of God that condemns a 
man, and the Holv Spirit brings it to his 
remembrance," (lohn 14:26). He said : 
"Yes, that is true." I said, "Well, let's 

give out the tracts, and they will start a 
man to thinking, and he will look up the 
Scripture text printed in the tract, and 
as soon as he gets his eyes on God's 
•Word the Holy Spirit will begin His 
work in the heart, and the result is that 
he will leave the lodge." 

I heard one of the strong, leading min- 
isters of the state say in his address that 
no' preacher ever found a text in God's 
Bible which was meant to be used as a 
text for an "annual sermon" to a lodge. 
When he said that, I looked on the lead- 
ing preachers of the Baptist church and 
thought, Alas ! alas ! What will become 
of the people ? For I looked on two men 
who, a few Sundays before, had preached 
annual sermons, one for twenty-five dol- 
lars and the other for twelve dollars. 

I left this meeting and have been work- 
ing in Pine Bluff since. I have been vis- 
iting a big holiness meeting, where there 
were more than five hundred people each 
night. This gave me opportunity to 
speak to Christians in all kinds of de- 
nominations and secret societies. And 
the Word of God went home to the hearts 
of the people. Some were mad, but oth- 
ers said, "Amen, the truth is coming 
home." One Master Mason in the con- 
gregation said, while I was telling the 
secrets of the first three degrees of Ma- 
sonry, "If that isn't Masonrv I never 
was a Mason." Some of them went 
home asking each other, "Where did that 
woman get our secrets?" Some said I 
had been in the orders : others said, "No 
we do not initiate women in our orders," 
and still others said, "She has stolen our 
books, and we ought to have her arrested 
and make her give them up." Some of 
the people thouo'ht I ought to be killed, 
while others said, "Somebodv ought to 
sDeak for lesus, for the Church is nearly 
dead, and men and women, girls and 
boys, with all their education and all 
their money, are on their wav to hell.'' 
Oh, Brother Phillips, the people can see 
that somethinp- is the matter with the 
preachers. "For the oeople turneth not 
unto Him that smiteth them, neither do 
they seek the Lord of hosts" (Is. 

A few ni8;-hts ago a saloon-keeper was 
having a game of cards with another 
man. The two got into a dispute over 
the card fable, and the saloonist shot and 

September, 1911. 



killed the fellow who was playing with 
him. The sheriff had to slip the murder- 
er oft" to Little Rock to keep him from 
being lynched. The next day a man said 
to me: ''Sister missionary, that saloonist 
has killed six men. He killed two negroes 
when he kept saloon at Sherrill, Ark., 
and two at Cornerstone, and one at Du- 
mas, Ark., and this white man makes 
six." I said, "Well, I reckon he will be 
cleared of this crime like all the rest of 
them." He replied, "No, he won't. The 
man he killed this time was an Eagle and 
an Elk and a Mason and an Odd Fellow, 
and the murderer does not belong to any- 
thing to help him out." I said, "Well, 
the law will give him justice, maybe. I 
hope so. But here is the question I want 
to ask you : That poor man was shot 
down in a saloon while playing cards. 
Now, tell me, to which one of the Grand 
Lodges above will the preacher send 
him?" "Well," said he, 'T had never no- 
ticed that before. I am a sinner and I 
am a lodge man, and I have heard that 
we would go to the Grand Lodge above ; 
but I cannot risk myself on that promise ; 
I want salvation through Jesus Christ, 
and hope you and all other Christians 
will pray for me. I don't want to be 
lost. I have been told if I live up to my 
obligations I will go to heaven when I 
die, but I am afraid to trust that." I 
said to him, "Yes, you are in the dark. 
May God help you to see the light, is my 

Yours for the Master's service. 

Lizzie Woods. 


Claytonville, III., Aug. ii, 191 1. 
Dear Brothers Phillips : 

I have just returned from Garnett, 
Kans., where I was called to preach at a 
funeral. You may be sure that I took 
occasion to point out the only possible 
way of salvation and to warn the people 
against the various soul-traps of the age. 
I did not fail to compare and contrast 
the religion of the Lodge with that of 
Christ and to show the people the falsity 
and the humbuggery of the Lodge relig- 

I preached to more than a thousand 
people. I was on my old fields of labor 
and made myself at home, and spoke as 

one having God-given authority, and not 
as the scribes. I preached three ser- 
mons, including the funeral sermon. The 
funeral sermon and the Sunday morning 
sermon were preached in the Radical U. 
B. church house, and the Sunday evening 
sermon was preached to a good congre- 
gation in the Liberal U. B. church. Alany 
prominent lodge-men were present at 
each meeting, and while some of them 
manifested considerable uneasiness, they 
kept cool, as they no doubt anticipated 
something of what was coming to pass. 
Others were there for the purpose of 
getting more light on the issue of the day. 
While I had no mercy on the lodg^ 
abomination, I tried to use good methods, 
clear explanations and sound arguments, 
backed by the Word of God, and to be 
exceedingly careful lest I should w^ound 
the cause in behalf of which I was plead- 


The Liberal U. B. minister was not 
afraid to say Amen to my discourses and 
many of the people congratulated the 
speaker on what they called the much- 
needed sermons. It was rather a hair- 
raising experience for some, but I feel 
sure that it will prove a blessing to many, 
both in and out of the kingdom of dark- 

While I realize that there is much 
room for improvement, I am much bet- 
ter prepared for this work than I had 
ever hoped to be ; and while it means 
tribulation of the old-time kind, I have 
great pleasure in this important part of 
God's work. The minister who will pre- 
pare himself for this great work and go 
at it and keep at it in the proper, com- 
mon-sense way will do a wonderful 
amount of good, and God will surround 
him with an army of the truest and best 
people on earth and be with him to the 
end of the world. I like this work of 
turning people "from darkness to light, 
and from the power of satan unto God." 

As ever, your brother in the N. C. A., 

L. V. Harrell. 


Mansfield, La., Aug. 10, igii: 

Dear Cynosure: 

I have traveled very extensively since 
my last letter to you. I am meeting with 
much encouragement. 



Septemlier, 1911. 

The Cynosure is making converts 
Avherever it is "read. The harvest truly 
is ripe, but the laborers are few. Prof. 
Whaley liere is principal of the 12th Dis- 
trict Baptist Academy. He is an earnest 
and faithful disciple. 

I find the Lodge strong here and con- 
stantly multiplying. I was kindly enter- 
tained by ]\Ir. Jenks Jackson, a cousin. 
He was stung by the beast and received 
his mark (initiated into the Lodge) a 
few vears ago, but he has found it a very 
costly experiment and will likely soon 
give it up. 

At Alexandria, La. 

I received the usual welcome, and at- 
tended an extra session of the Baptist 
State Convention at Rose of Sharon 
Church. The delegation was not large 
on account of incessant rains the past 
three weeks. I was heartily received by 
the brethren and received many kind 
courtesies and a small donation through 
the efiforts of Dr. H. B. N. Brown. I 
distributed tracts and received a few 
Cynosure subscriptions and deUvered an 
address. Dr. A. Hobbs of New Orleans, 
preached a powerful antilodge sermon, 
which was well received. This is a se- 
cret society stronghold and yet the Ne- 
groes must be complimented for having 
three splendid brick church edifices and 
half a dozen very creditable frame 
church edifices, and their pastors are 
very well supported. They also own 
considerable real estate and are con- 
ducting more than a dozen business 
enterprises. They also operate and sup- 
port three high schools aside from the 
public schools. This is a progressive 
little city of 10,000, very nearly one-half 
of whom are Negroes. Relations be- 
tween the two races are as friendly as 
can be expected. 

At Oakdale, La. 

This is a saw-mill and logging district. 
Wages are very good, but the laborers 
do not seem to profit. The national la- 
bor unions have walking delegates going 
through this country holding night meet- 
ings, hoodwinking the laborers and or- 
ganizing secret labor unions, which in 
the near future will prove a thorn in the 
flesh. Already their exactions have been 
so unreasonable that several of the larg- 
est plants in Calcasieu and Vernon par- 

ishes have shut down and more than 500 
men are idle as a result. I had no ap- 
pointment and remained only a short 

At Leesville, La. 
This is the seat of Vernon parish, and 
one of the most beautiful towns in South- 
west Louisiana. It is both a farming 
and saw mill section. Pine forests abound. 
It is a very progressive town of about 
2,000, and the Negroes are keeping pace 
with their white cousins in education and 
the accumulation of property. There are 
four Negro churches and two lodge 
halls. Secretism is pretty strong, but 
the churches are not so very generally 
neglected for the lodges as they are in 
many places. Nevertheless their influ- 
ence for evil is being felt. This town is 
just three miles from the little log cabin 
in which I was born October 31, 1862. 
I hoped to visit that very spot after an 
absence of forty-four years, but oppor- 
tunity did not permit it. I secured a 
large number of Cynosure subscriptions, 
delivered one lecture and preached three 
sermons and left many seriously consid- 
ering their Lodge ties. I have a great 
number of relatives here. 

At Lake Charles, La. 

This is a very pretty tableland city, 
situated on a beautiful lake from which 
it takes its name, and in a fine prairie 
coimtry. This is the seat of Calcasieu 
parish and has about 12,000 inhabitants. 
There are about ten Negro churches here. 
Educational facilities are very good and 
the Negroes are preparing themselves 
very well. I was comfortably entertained 
by my cousin, Mrs. M. Jones. I preached 
for Rev. E. W. Renty, and secured a 
few subscriptions. The baleful effect of 
Secret Societies here is felt very greatly. 

At Abbeville, La. 
Here I was greeted by Rev. J, W. 
Wiggins and one of my old New Or- 
leans parishioners, Mrs. D. E. Johnson, 
who made it pleasant for me. I was also 
cordially received by Rev. Taylor and 
preached for his people. This is a great 
Creole Catholic center. Yet the Secret 
Lodge has a strong hold here upon the 
Protestants. This is a quaint, old, non- 
progressive town. Ignorance and Cath- 
olic superstition abound. I secured few 

September, 1911. 



At New Iberia, La. 
I was cordially greeted here by Prof. 
Jonas Henderson, Principal of Howe In- 
stitute, gift of the late Peter Howe of 
Winona, 111. Prof. Henderson is as 
strong against the Lodge as he was twen- 
ty years ago. He assured me that his 
school is alive and doing great work in 
this sugar belt. This is a very progres- 
sive town and the Negroes are keeping 
well in the line of progress. Secret So- 
cieties are very strong here, as in most 
cities of its size, but Howe Institute is 
well leavening the country around about 
and its influence for good is felt and 
acknowledged on all sides. I had no ap- 
pointment here. 

At Rayne, La. 

I was met at the depot by a committee 
of young ladies headed by Rev. Roy, and 
escorted to the home of Deacon Kings- 
ton, where a bounteous preparation of 
dainties was served, after which Rev. 
Roy escorted me about the city. This is 
a beautiful. old Creole prairie city over- 
flowing with hospitality. Secrecy is 
strong as usual, but the people are anx- 
ious for light on the subject. Rev. Roy 
presented me at night to an intelligent 
and orderly congregation, to whom I both 
lectured and preached at length. There 
is perfect harmony and friendship ap- 
parent on all sides between the races 
here. Rev. Roy has done and is doing a 
great work for the religious, moral and 
intellectual uplift of his race. He de- 
serves great credit for his untiring ef- 
forts. The Negroes own a good share 
of the real estate here. 

At Crowley, La. 

I received a warm reception and hearty 
welcome here. I spent Sabbath here and 
lectured and preached at Israelite Bap- 
tist Church. My visit here last Novem- 
ber is remembered by the lodgeites. They 
are very strong and yet they seem willing 
to give respectful attention to an anti- 
secret preacher. Mr. Ben Smith and 
family, Prof. R. U. Clark and family and 
Mr. E. Edwards and family provided 
nicely for me and gave me many loving 

At Lafayette, La. 
This is the oldest town in Southwest 
Louisiana, and has about 7,000 people, 
the greater part of whom are Roman 

Catholics, being full of Romish ignor- 
ance and superstition. This is the most 
ignorant parish in all Louisiana. There 
is but one school for Negroes in the en- 
tire parish. In fact the poor and ignor- 
ant Cajans in the interior of the parish 
are sternly and openly opposed to Negro 
education, and will not allow any Negro 
schools outside of Lafayette. Rev. A, 
Oiiver, D. D., a correspondent from 
Morgan City, La., for the Cynosure in 
1888, 1889, 1 890- 1, is pastor here, but 
his fight against the papal bull of Rome 
is as hard or harder, he thinks, than that 
against the Secret Lodge System. I se- 
cured a few Cynosure subscriptions and 
preached one sermon at Dr. Oliver's 

At Alexandria Again. 

I returned here to meet a^)pointments 
at Union Baptist, Rose of Sharon Bap- 
tist, St. Mark's Baptist, Shiloh Baptist, 
Newman's Memorial M. E. and Beth- 
lehem Baptist churches. 

Pray for truth to triumph with my 
deluded people. 

Yours for righteousness, 

F. J. Davidson. 


Dear Bro. Phillii-s: 

On July 25th I delivered a free lecture 
on secret societies in the court house at 
Grantsville, Calhoun county, West Vir- 
ginia. August /th I lectured in the court 
house at Harrisville, Ritchie county. 
West Virginia. The evening of August 
19th I will lecture in the house of Elder 
Cyrus Dotson. in Greenwood, Ritchie 
county. Brother Dotson is an elder in 
the Christian church. He was a trav- 
eling evangelist for nine years and is 
very much opposed to secret oaths. He 
tried to get the Christian church for me 
to lecture in, but could not. The power 
of the secret works of darkness w^as too 
strong for him. So he opened his house 
for the lecture. 

Yours truly, 
Joseph Potter Graybell. 


39 Mansion St., Berlin. ()xtari(). 

Aug. 17, 191 T. ' 
Mr. W. I. Phillips, 

Chicago, 111. 
Dear Brother : 

Mv last letter to vou was from Cob- 



September, 1911. 

lenz, Sask. I am now at home in Berlin, 
Ontario, where I am arranging for fur- 
ther operations. 

Book Department Established. 
The Lutheran Book Room, Berlin, 
Ont., will keep a number of your anti- 
secrecy publications in stock, and I am 
in hopes that an organization will be 
effected at this point. 

Ways of Working. 

A recent letter from the president of 
our provincial university has this : ''Your 
letter with regard to Freemasonry has 
been forwarded to me here. As I wrote 
you before, though I am not a Free- 
mason, I have a great many friends of 
the highest character who are, and I can- 
not as an outsider, with no other reliable 
sources of information, help believing 
that in belonging to the order they are 
not doing anything inconsistent with 
their religious or moral profession." I 
have forwarded to him ''The Strange 
Case of yh\ Goodman," and referred 
him to the National Christian Associa- 
tion for further information. 

You may be assured, Bro. Phillips, 
that the anti-secrecy forces of Canada 
will cause their presence to be felt in the 

Yours for truth and righteousness. 
Moses H. Clemens. 

Editorial Note. — We suggest that each of 
our Canadian readers Avrite Mr. Clemens an 
encouraging note of sympathy and promised 
co-operation. Follow his example and write 
your public men and furnish them with lit- 


Secretary of the National Christian As- 

Chicago, 111., U. S. A. 
Dear Sir — Some time ago you were 
good enough to forward me a number 
of pamphlets on secret societies, issued 
by your association. I distributed all of 
the' matter received. Of all places this 
state wants teaching on the subject of 

I should like to know the constitution 
of your association, and whether a 
branch could not be formed here in or- 
der to combat in some measure the evils 
of secretism in our churches. Would 
you please help me in this matter, as the 

difficulties of Christians opposing secret 
societies are great. Every walk in life 
seems to be influenced, and very often 
men who stand out find it most difficult 
to wnn success from their avocation. 

I shall be glad to get your periodical, 
and will forward subscription later. I 
shall be glad of a prompt reply. 

Thanking you in anticipation. 
Yours sincerely, 

J. S. Nelson. 

Perth, West Australia. 

The first prize in a recent annual ora- 
torical contest at Houghton Seminary, 
Houghton, New York, was captured by 
Mr. James W. Elliott of Pittsford, Ver- 
mont. He is said to be an enthusiastic 
reformer and was valedictorian of the 
senior preparatory class of this year. It 
is especially interesting that the first prize 
went to the only one who had an anti- 
secrecy subject for his oration. We 
promise our subscribers the reading of 
Mr. Elliott's oration in the October num- 
ber of our magazine. Prof. H. R. Smith, 
Jr., of the Seminary says: "Make prac- 
tical reformers of the high honor stu- 
dents of our anti-secret schools and we 
shall have taken a long step toward suc- 
cess. It seems to me that the only hope 
of our cause lies in a systematic cam- 
paign of reform instruction for the 
young of our land." 

The recent Ohio State Convention was . 
honored by the presence of Capt. J. M. 
Scott, of Granville, Ohio, now in his 
eighty-third year. He has not yet re- 
tired from active service for his Lord. 
Lately his town paper gave the Masonic 
lodge some free adA^ertising, and as 
usual declared that its members were 
walking in the footsteps of the great 
Washington. Captain Scott at once is- 
sued a tract showing that Washington 
was not a loyal Freemason and what his 
actual relations of the lodge were, and 
distributed the tract throughout the 

We ride through life on a raft made 
of our blunders. We are saved through 
our failures. If we always succeeded 
we would get the big head and be ruin- 
ed by our success. 

September, 191]. 



Irom §nx JiatL 


Little Rock, Ark., July 14, 191 1. 

Dear Bro. Phillips : 

I herewith renew for another year for 
the Cynosure. I think it doubtful if I 
live to renew again. I am well along in 
my eightieth year. I think Joel H. Aus- 
tin, of Goshen, Indiana, has passed away. 
I was a regular correspondent of his, but 
I have not heard from him for two years. 
Well, the old ones will soon be gone, then 
where are the others to take their places ? 
[Note. — Mr. Austin died over a year 
ago. — Editor.] 

I met a man a few days ago, the Rev. 
G. W. Shepherd, whose letter to me was 
published in the Cynosure a few years 
ago. He gave up his Masonry imme- 
diately after I had that controversy with 
him. I am now working on another 
Methodist preacher, also a Baptist and 
a minister of the Christian church. Will 
you please send them sample copies of 
the Cynosure ? Some of these people 
do not know^ that there is such a maga- 
zine opposed to secret societies. 

Truly yours, 
. A. J. Millard. 

A Later Letter. 

August 10, 191 1. 

Your letter came while I was away 
from home, attending a revival meeting 
in the southern part of the state. I told 
two preachers who were there what they 
lacked in their ministry ; it was not warn- 
ing against the secret lodge ! I took the 
third chapter of Ezekiel, commencing at 
the 17th verse, and read several verses 
to them, and then showed them that to 
be a faithful witness and watchman one 
could not neglect this important subject, 
r then turned to the eighth chapter, say- 
ing to them that in this chapter was an 
almost complete description of a Masonic 
lodge : seven abominations, each one 
greater as it was reached. I showed 
them that the rites of Masonry were bor- 
rowed from the ancient sun-worship — 
for instance, worshiping the sun in the 
east — and told them if they did not want 
the sensation of being lifted up and car- 
ried bv the hair of their heads, thev had 

better do their duty. My talk had its 
effect, for at the night service one of the 
preachers opened fire on all secret or- 
ders — Masons, Woodmen, Odd Fellows, 
Farmers' Unions, etc. He asked the 
audience if they could keep anything 
secret from God? "Don't you know that 
God is here, and is looking at us right 
square in the face, and knows all our 
thoughts and deeds?" 

The result was that this preacher did 
the subject a better service than I could 
have done, so I am glad that I was the 
means of giving these men a start. They 
will never neglect the lodge again. 

A. J. AIillard. 

1410 Gaines St. 

A letter from our Brother Thomas 
Mulligan, of Headley, England, prom- 
ises another one of his interesting letters 
lor the Cynosure in the not distant fu- 
ture. He writes : 'Tt is wonderful how 
fresh and interesting the old Cynosure 
keeps. It seems to be renewing its 

"The Lodge Systems here are work- 
ing and growing, but it seems to me more 
difficult to get at them here than in 
America, where they make more noise 
and show and are more in evidence."' 

Brother Mulligan is one of the work- 
ers who has been for years, and is still 
doing a mighty work with but little 
"noise and show." 

Rev. E. Countryman, of Westervelt, 
TIL, writes : "I have been 'Graciously 
Delivered' and am anxious to help others 
out of the darkness of lodgism, as the 
Lord helped me." 

Among the Methodist Episcopal min- 
isters in sympathy with the N. C. A. is 
one who advises us in a unique way of 
his change of location. He says : "Kind- 
ly change address of my copy of the 
Cynosure. '■' '•- * The great ^Teth- 
odist wheel, with its inner wheels (lack- 
ing eyes sometimes) has performed its 
annual revolution, and I have fallen on 
mv feet here and am alreadv workiner 
and witnessing for Him who is 'holy, 
harmless, undefiled, and separate from 
sinners.' " 



Septemlier, 1011. 

A National Reform Convention will 
be held in Park Street Church, Boston, 
Tuesday. October 24, under the auspices 
of the National Reform Association. 
Avhich seeks "National Regeneration 
from the Reigning" Alediator, by the 
Holy Ghost, through the proclamation of 
the Sovereignty of God. the Kingship of 
Christ, and the Supremacy of the Scrip- 
tures, voiced by those Christian Citizens 
whose loyalty to Christ in the Realm of 
Political Life makes them His faithful 
and true witnesses, and this National 
change of heart evidenced by the Na- 
tion's Profession of Faith in a Constitu- 
tional Recognition of God as the Source 
of all Authority, the Lord Jesus Christ 
as the Ruler of Nations, th^ Bible as 
the Fountain of all Law% and the true 
Christian Religion as the Nation's Life." 
There will be a morning session at 9 
a. m., an afternoon session at 2 p. m.. 
and an evening session at 7 :30 p. m. 


My church membership has now 
reached 1,700 and the work is multiply- 
ing so that I cannot make any definite 
promises as to going away. I believe 
as strongly as ever that the spirit of 
secret societies is anti-Christian in the 
last analvsis. Do all 3^ou can to show 

(Rev.) S. P. Long. 

Mansfield, Ohio. 

A House Built Upon the Sand. 

There is not a week goes by that I do 
not think of the National Christian As- 
sociation and God's faithful servants 
who are pushing it forward. I consider 
that organized secrecy is without doubt 
the great sin of our world, and is doing 
much harm. The advocates and build- 
ers have been rejoicing greatly over their 
success, until lately it has been discov- 
ered that their great and glorious work 
is on a very poor foundation (sand), and 
it is believed a sense of uneasiness is 
coming into the minds of the chief lodge 
advocates, and a feeling that there is 
danger ahead. We think so. 

(Rev.) Joseph Hoffhines. 
Canal IJ-inchester, Ohio. 

From a Seceder. 

My brother is a INIaster Mason. I 
asked him w^hy he did not go on and 
take more degrees, and he said it took 
too much money. He said a high degree 
Mason told him that if he had the first 
three degrees he had all the essentials of 
Masonry. I told him I could buy a book 
for $1.25 that would give me all of that. 
I think when he went in he did like the 
rest of us — he was utterly unselfish — 
but all the same, he went in to make 
money. I hope you will have a good 
meeting. I have no more sympathy with 
Masonry than I have ever had. 

(Rev.) FI. A. Thompson. 

Dayton, Ohio. 


Arc you interested in Gospel Tracts? Do 
YOU know that tracts are one of the best medi- 
ums in bringing the Gospel to the lost? If we 
could realize the wonderful blessing that we 
can impart to others by handing, or sending, 
them a good tract, we would l)e astonished 
indeed. Eternity alone can reveal all the 
good done by tracts. We would like to hear 
from you on the subject. 

Our tracts are sent out free in Jesus' name. 
God provides the money to print and dis- 
tribute these tracts by free will offerings. 
To Him be all glory now and forever. Amen. 

Write us, pray for us, and "Be no_t weary 
in well doing, for in due season we shall reap 
if we faint not." — Galatians 6 :9. 

Your brother, in behalf of the lost. 

S. E. ROTH, 

Address Peculiar Publishing Co., Wood- 
burn, Oregon, R. F. D. Route No. 3. 


The Modern Brotherhood of America 
is a mutual insurance lodge, in the same 
class as the Modern Woodmen of Amer- 
ica. Those interested in securing some 
literature issued by this order, setting 
forth its claims, may do so by sending 
ten cents to the Alodern Brotherhood of 
America, 25 North Dearborn street, Chi- 
cago, Illinois. 

It is well, known that there are him- 
dreds of difi^erent secret insurance or- 
ders. The National Christian Associa- 
tion furnishes literature upon the Mod- 
ern Woodmen of America, including an 
exposure of its so-called ''secrets," as a 
fair illustration of the principle and op- 
eration of every one of the three or four 
hundred lodges in this class. 

September, 1911. 




The Knights of Columbus is a fra- 
ternal and social insurance order. It was 
organized in New Haven, Conn., March 
29, 1882, and incorporated under the 
laws of that state. "Its objects are to 
promote social and intellectual inter- 
course among its members and to ren- 
der pecuniary aid to them and to their 
beneficiaries. Men only of the Roman 
Catholic faith, between eighteen and 
forty-five years of age, are eligible to 
jiiembership. Death benefits of from 
$1,000 to $3,000 are a feature of the 
organization." There is a social depart- 
ment or side of the order, by which men 
may become members who do not care 
to be insured, or who are physically un- 
able to pass the examination. "The em- 
blem of the Knights of Columbus is an 
eight-cornered cross, ornamented with 
representations of a compass, dagger, 
anchor and vessel, having reference to 
the voyage of Columbus in 1492." It is 
not, strictly speaking, a military order. 
Like some' of the other orders, it takes 
special pains to make a fine showing be- 
fore public gatherings. But the wearing 
of a sword is very far from being 
"equipped with the very best of modern 
weapons." We believe there are at the 
present time, in this country, about 350,- 
000 members of this Catholic order. 


:^rRS. If. R. SMITH, LEONARDSUl'RCi. ()HI0. 

Liberty liell sweet cadence rang, 

On Freedom's natal day. 
Proclaiming liberty througbout tbe 

Region of our fair America. 
Alas ! does the star-spangled lianner 

Still \va\-e o'er a land that is free, 
Since hosts of her snbiects are in sworn 

Allegiance to the god of secrecy? 

Like Ilaman of old, the secret 

Powers are occupied of late, 
Framing decrees to get control of the 

Mordecais outside of the gate; 
And gallows are now reared, 

In parts of our Union, 
To force those whom they can not cabletow 

Into silent submission. 

As the Fugitive Slave law ignited 
The fuse to a powerful magazine. 
They may 'ind history repeating itself, 
Although they feel calm and serene. 

Are we going to bow to their edict — 

Suppression of free speech — 
And as followers of the lowly One, 

Defer His holy truths to teach? 

Divided allegiance provokes judgments 

Of divine wrath. 
The house of Israel felt it as an 

Avalanche sweep o'er their path. 
For the Lord, He is a jealous God, 

Of sovereignty and power. . . 

Think you He'll share His worship, 

His majesty, with another? 

He is jealous of His honor, and ; 

Jealous of His name, 
Jealous of His holy day — give heed 

Not to profane. 
He is jealous of His church, - 

A defender of his creatures. 
Bowing at shrines in secret chaml^ers, ' 

Are laymen and also preachers. 

Look into the Scripture mirror, which 

God holds up before us all. 
And see them, as Ezekiel did, through 

A crevice in the wall ; 
In service of the temple they posed 

As His own chosen ones, 
But the "Revealer of secrets" showed Ezekiel 

'J'he}- were only Baal's sons. 

Ho ! all ye who answer to the 

Mystic roll call. 
See not you the handwriting 

That glares on the wall? 
"Weighed in the balance and found 

Wanting," you see ; 
"By rejecting my Son, ye 

Rebel against Me." 

No room in the lodge for the 

Savior and His love ; ' 

They only recognize one supreme 

Ruler above. i 

Thus wid'ning the gate and ' ■ 

Broad'ning the way. 
For all religions and sects • ^ 

To unite harmoniously. 

Therefore a false worship is held 

Up to their view. 
Teaching by symbols a wa}' ': 

To pursue '' 

.To gain the fair haven 

Of heavenly rest, 
In the Grand Lodge above. 

Among their own blest. 

They are robl)ed of true manhood. 

And frankness of youth ; 
They are boimd to conceal, at the 

Expense of the truth ; '. 

Their actions and words become 

A mere tool. ; 

Restricted and goxerned by a ' 

Grand Master's rule. 

They must go at his lidding. 

Or come at his call ; 
By oaths and death penalties 

Sworn to obey all ; ; 



September, 1911. 

Under cover of darkness, they 

]\Ieet ill their halls. 
With banqueting and revelry. 

Of dancing and brawls. 

They're shorn of their freedom, their 

Birthright from heaven. 
Which God in His love to all 

Men hath given. 
That conscience unchained her 

Dictation might move 
All men to espouse and His 

H0I3- Word prove. 

Their lives as clear streams 

Uniting in one, 
Might become a great power, 

To herald His Son, 
Whom He gave to this world. 

Because of His love. 
That all might be saved, in 

His glory above. 

With the purity of the lily and 

The fragrance of the rose, 
The seeking shepherds found Him, 

In His humble repose — - 
"A diadem of beauty," ''The 

Bright and morning star." 
The wise men, too. behold Him, 

Traveled from afar, 

Bringing their offerings of gold. 

Frankincense, and myrrh. 
And prostrate before Him became 

His worshipers. 
No coming to the Father, save 

Through His lowly Son ; 
'Tis high treason to discard Him, 

And worship but the One. 

"Ye are bought with a price. 

Be not servants of men" ; 
"Call no man master, neither be 

Called master by them." 
"For other foundation can no 

Man put in place, 
"That that is laid, which is Jesus," 

Full of truth and grace. 

Must the church be longer robbed 

Of her shekinah glow 
Through entanglement in the net 

Spread by the secret order foe? 
No compromise with darkness, 

Or its cunning variations, 
Are allowed in Christ's commands 

Of our entire separation. 

We see those friendly to the lodge 

Close to the "border land of woe"; 
As near as uninitiated the craft 

Will let them go. 
They are longing for the leeks and 

Garlics of titled sin. 
And like the "silly little fly," . 

Are being drawn within. 

A^"-'' behold the Rev. Aarons in 

T^'e pulpits of today, 
De^'A'^*"ipg speeches and memorials 

To this Christless pageantry. 

Ye must be perversely blind. 

Who fail thus to see 
Prophecy fulfilled in the antichrist, — 

Fraternal secrecy. 

This "pestilence which walketh in 

Darkness" Jehovah's church assails, 
Leaving "blight and mildew" all 

Along its trail. 
Under the searchlight of truth 

It cannot exist ; 
For before His "quick and powerful" 

Word all darkness fades as mist. 

Take courage, all who "sigh and cry" 

Against the secret powers. 
Wielding the sword of light and truth 

For "Him whose cause is ours," 
Assured from His own written Word, 

With which we have to deal. 
That on the "forehead" of His loyal ones 

He places His "ink horn" seal. 

— Tlie Wesleyan Methodist. 

Its Position on Secret Societies, 

[editorial in christian conservator.] 
In the first place, the Constitution of 
the United Brethren Church is against 
the admission of secret society members 
into the church. The Constitution by 
which we are governed is the Constitu- 
tion of 1841, unchanged, which says: 
"There shall be no connection with se- 
cret combinations." This Constitution 
cannot be changed except by the request 
of two-thirds of the whole membership 
of the church. It was for this principle 
that the United Brethren Church con- 
tended before 1889, then and now. 


How does the United Brethren Church 
define a secret society? "A secret com- 
bination is an organization whose mem- 
bers are pledged to conceal their initia- 
tory ceremony, their obligation, or their 
inside workings." Any organization that 
comes under the above definition of a 
secret society would be considered by the 
church as belonging to that class and 
therefore its inembers could not be mem- 
bers of the United Brethren Church. 
The church holds that these combinations 
are evil, and that Christians ought not 
to be connected with them, and that if 
any individual wants to be a member of 
a secret society he cannot be a inember 
of the church of the United Brethren in 

September, 1911, 



Automatic Discipline. 

We hold that a person cannot be a 
member of a secret society and a member 
of the United Brethren Church at the 
same time. He may be a member of a 
secret society and be counted as a mem- 
ber of the church, but not actually a 
member. The Discipline declares : "Any 
member or preacher who shall connect 
himself with a secret combination shall 
be regarded as having withdrawn from 
the church." This works automatically. 
If any person who is a member of this 
church joins a secret society he is there- 
by regarded as having withdrawn from 
the church and can only be retained and 
considered as a member upon the condi- 
tion that he sever his connection with 
such combination. No individual can 
become a member of the church who is 
a member of a secret society unless he 
severs his connection with the secret so- 
ciety. He may answer the questions for 
membership and be enrolled on the class 
book but is barred from membership in 
the church if he is a member of a secret 

Pastor's Duty. 

Now, in case we find the names of 
persons on our class records who be- 
long to secret societies, what is to be 
done? Perhaps the first thing to do is 
for the pastor to visit such a person and 
seek to have him conform to the rule of 
the church and if he will sever his con- 
nection with such combination he may 
be borne with and retained as a member 
of the church. But if he refuses to give 
up the order there is only one thing left 
for the pastor to do. "And in the annual 
revision of the class book each preacher 
in charge of a work shall see to it that 
no names of members of secret combina- 
tions are retained on the class book ; 
neither shall they be reported to the an- 
nual conference chart. For the faithful 
discharge of this duty, the preacher shall 
be amenable to the annual conference." 
The pastor must take his name ofif the 

The pastor cannot decide otherwise. 
The class cannot say that such a member 
can be retained. The (juarterly confer- 
ence has no jurisdiction in the matter. 
The annual conference cannot change it. 
Even the General Conference, the law 
making body of the church, cannot say 

that secret society members can become 
members of the church. It requires the 
consent of two-thirds of all the members 
of the church and then the adopting ac- 
tion of the General Conference to admit 
them into the church. The time to take 
such names from the class record is at 
the annual revision of the class book. 
Any preacher who receives members of 
secret societies into the church or re- 
ports them to the annual conference vio- 
lates the plain letter of the Discipline and 
is amenable to his annual conference. 

Lodge Member Excludes Himself. 
One more question we wish to answer 
and then we are through. In case a per- 
son is a member of a secret society and 
his name is found on a class book in 
any society in the United Brethren 
church ; and at the annual revision of the 
class book the pastor takes his name 
from the class record, does the pastor 
turn him out of church ? In answer to 
this question we say that he does not. 
If he is a member of a secret society he 
is not a member of the church and the 
only thing that the pastor does is to take 
his name from the class record. — Au- 
gust 2, 191 1. 


"The local nest of Orioles was insti- 
tuted yesterday afternoon in Foresters' 
Hall by L. L. LeClair and suite. Guests 
were present from other nearby cities, 
where nests recently have been institu- 
ted. There are seventy-two charter 
members of the new fraternal order and 
meetings will be held the first and third 
Fridays in Foresters' Hall." 

The penalty of the Oriole oath must 
be hanging. 

"To die is gain." This doesn't mean 
when you go into your grave at the end 
of life but when you die to your self-life 
you in like measure gain the divine life. 
When you die to hate you gain love. 
When you die to impatience you gain 
patience. When you die to ])ride you 
gain humility, etc. 

I do not believe it possible for a man 
to be an intelligent Christian and an 
intelligent Mason at the same time. — 
R. A. Torrcy. 

]o8 CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE. September, 191L 




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This brother, who has been for many 
years a temperance worker, an advocate 
of Sabbath observance, an enemy of Am- 
erican slavery, an enemy also of the ex- 
clusion laws, which shut foreigners out 
of our country, an enemy of the secret 
lodge system, a friend of the Christian 
Church and a patron of the Christian 
school, passed quietly to his long- rest, 
from his home in' Wheaton, Illinois, Fri- 
day morning, September 15th, at about 
4 o'clock. ,He had been seriously ill, 
both in mind and body, for several 
months and death came to him as a 
blessed release. 

The funeral exercises were held in 
the Wheaton ' College Chapel on Sab- 
bath, September 17th, at 2:30 p. m. 
There were present, his brother, Mr. 
David C. Cook, the publisher, the 
wife of Mr. D. C. Cook, and 
their two sons. The brother and sisters 
of Mrs. Ezra A. Cook and numbers of 
their children were also present. Mr. 
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and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra A. 
Cook, were privileged to be present. A 
number of the daughters, with their 
husbands and children, were hindered 
from the occasion by distance of abode. 
There were present, besides relatives, 
numbers of old friends from Chicago, 
Mr. John Miller and daughter, Mr. J. 
M. Hitchcock, who gave one of the me- 
morial addresses, and others. 

The clouds which had gathered in the 
morning had broken away and as the 
last word was said at the grave the sun 
was shining; a blessed token, as we be- 
lieve, of the joyful rest into which he 
had entered. 

In the absence of the pastor of the 
College Church, Rev. J. G. Brooks, who 
was seriously ill, President C. A. Blan- 
chard was requested to conduct the ex- 

The singing was by a quartette com- 
posed of Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Mills, ^Ir. 
Mann and Mr. Cork. The second piece 
sung consisted of four stanzas, three of 
which were written by Mr. Cook over 
forty years ago ; the fourth stanza he 
added recently. 

The exercises opened with the read- 
ing of the following biographical state- 
ment : 

Seventy years ago, the fifth of next Xo- 
vember, Ezra Asher Cook was born with- 
in a parsonage in the quaint village of 
Windsor, Connecticut. His father, Rev. 
Ezra Sprague Cook, was a highl}^ educated 
Methodist minister, commissioned by the 
great Bishop Elijah Hedding to be an 
Elder. His parents were themselves of 
American parentage, dating back to the 
early Puritan settlements. Among earlier 
English ancestry was Hugh Latimer, the 
martyr during the reign of Queen Anne. 
The Sprague family of Rhode Island was 
represented in the father's name. Rev. Ezra 
Sprague Cook. The family name Cook was 
transmitted from one Ellis Cook, who left 
Southampton, England, about 1614. coming 
to Lynn. Massachusetts, and subsequently. 
with a company, founded the present town 
of Southampton, Long Island, in 1640. 
Some of Ellis Cook's descendants removed 
from Long Island to New Jersey, and later 
to New York state, and settled not far 
from Albany. There a substantial farm 
house, since dcstroj'ed, was known as the 
family residence at Sap Bush Hill (now 
Fulton), New York, for more tnnn a cen- 



October, 1911. 

tur}'. In 1776 the call of the Revolution 
was answered b}' the hardy ancestors whose 
descendant nearh' a century later went to 
the battle front in 1861. 

^Ir. Cook was the third child in a fam- 
il\" of seven. His early boyhood days 
were spent on the old family homestead 
in upper New York state, and at East 
\\"orcester, but at the age of tw^elve he 
came with the others to the far w^estern 
town of Chicago. His father's broken 
health improved after taking up a farm 
near Chicago, in wdiat is now the town 
of Proviso. The children were carefully 
taught by their father from infancy, and 
later went to the primitive district 
school. Ezra w^as ambitious to secure a 
college education and was unusually dili- 
gent in study, and acted at one time as 
assistant in Physics in Illinois Institute, 
now^ W'heaton College. He was one of 
the charter mem.bers of the present Bel- 
tionian Society. 

At the age of nineteen he entered the 
Union army and went to the front. He 
was a member of the 39th Illinois regi- 
ment, which fought in the Army of the 
Potomac. He took part in many import- 
ant battles — one of them being the Bat- 
tle of Petersburg, when General McClel- 
lan's army almost captured Richmond. 
While in South Carolina he was detailed 
to care for the colored refugees who 
came to his regiment for protection. He 
carried on a Sunday School for these 
poor people and was beloved by them 
all. His Bible was his constant com- 
panion. He read it through seven times 
during the war. His straightforward 
abolition principles were not shared by 
many of his companions, and on many 
occasions he valiantly spoke for the 
principle that all men are created free 
and equal. He was severely wounded 
in his right hand at the battle of Drury's 
Bluff. Amputation was at first consid- 
ered necessary, but without anesthetic 
he endured a long siege of painful, slow 
recovery. His strict temperance princi- 
ples were the saving of his hand, in the 
belief of his surgeon. 

After the close of the war he served 
an apprenticeship with J. W. Middleton, 
stationer, and in 1867, together with his 
father, he formed the firm of Ezra A. 
Cook & Co., publishers and stationers, 
at 88 LaSalle street, Chicago, opposite 

the City Hall. His prosperous business 
was completely destroyed by the Great 
Fire of 1871, and he was left heavily 
in debt. He paid all in full, although 
his creditors themselves offered to settle 
for a small per cent. One of them, later 
a leading business man of Chicago, burst 
into tears and said, "You are the first 
man who has paid me his debt since 
the fire." He continued business on 
Clinton street and on Wabash avenue 
until twenty years ago, when he moved 
to 17-19 River street. 

Mr. Cook was a charter member of 
the National Christian Association and 
commenced the publication of the Chris- 
tian Cynosure as a weekly paper. His 
attitude has always been fearless, and 
the influence of his publications, since 
continued in that reform, has been far- 

Mr. Cook was early associated with 
the Moody Church, and was one of the 
founders of Bethany Church. He then 
joined Dr. Goodwin's church — "The Old 
First" — and remained for more than two 
decades a cordial, efficient member, un- 
til in 1908 he moved to Wheaton with 
his family, to associate again with the 
friends of his youth. His residence 
since 1881 was on Washington Boule- 
vard near May street, and though not 
politically ambitious he was nominated 
by Prohibitionists for alderman of his 
ward in 1902. As a Prohibition party 
nominee in a ward conceded to be as 
bad as the more notorious First, he re- 
ceived the heaviest Prohibition vote ever 
cast in any ward of Chicago up to that 

The Chicago Sunday-Closing League 
received Mr. Cook's firm support, and 
by his own almost solitary efforts he 
collected positive criminal evidence 
against 570 saloon-keepers. Upon them 
he hurled all the strength of a great 
moral champion, only to be scorned by 
timid magistrates, backed by juries of 
street politicians. The superb faith of 
his great heart was rewarded afterwards, 
when the great Temperance procession 
in 1908, marshalled by General Fred 
Grant in Chicago, witnessed the rising 
Temperance sentiment of the people. 

His benevolence and liberality were 
unmeasurable. His interest was aroused 

October, 1911. 



by the Chinese Sunday Schools of Chi- 
cago, and for many years he took a 
very active part, serving for years as 
the Superintendent of the Chinese Sun- 
day School of the First Congregational 
Church, and later founding the Orient 
Sabbath School. On many occasions he 
assisted the Chinese in troubles in court 
with marked success. In 1907 he trav- 
eled to the Pacific Coast, with the un- 
spoken purpose of arousing greater in- 
terest in the Chinese race, and opposing 
the injustice of the Exclusion Law. 

Three years ago, as President of the 
Veterans of the 39th Illinois regiment, 
Mr. Cook, with the faculty of Wheaton 
College, invited his old comrades to 
Wheaton, and many of them said they 
should never forget his kindness ana 
solicitude for their spiritual welfare. 

He appreciated to the full the privi- 
leges of a college education, which he 
had hoped himself to enjoy, till called 
to help his country on the battle-field. 
What he denied himself, for his coun- 
try's sake, -he gave to his own children 
and to ) other young people. A score will 
forever remember his generosity in this 

Having served for many years as a 
trustee of Wheaton College, its interests 
were constantly his own unselfish ambi- 

But all his public service was but a 
small matter in comparison to his loving 
devotion to his wife and children during 
forty-two years of happy married life. 
A sudden illness, most painful at first 
to mind, then most painful to his body 
with much improvement of mind, 
brought him to his family's care. No 
word was more truly said than his own 
in the presence of his family just be- 
fore his death — ''My God ! How I have 
loved you all." 

After the reading of this paper and 
the singing of the first hymn, Professor 
Royal T. Morgan, an old schoolmate, 
neighbor and friend, was introduced and 
spoke of Mr. Cook's army career in 
brief and well chosen words. 

Professor H. A. Fisher, the senior 
professor in term of service in Wheaton 
College, then spoke of Mr. Cook's rela- 
tions to that institution. He began by 
saying that Mr. Cook stood in a fivefold 
relation to the college : First, he was one 

of its students ; second, he was one of 
its trustees ; third, he was a benefactor ; 
fourth, he was a patron ; fifth, he was a 

P'^ollowing the remarks of Professor 
Fisher came the hymn composed by Mr. 
Cook, sung by the quartette of which 
mention has already been made. The 
words were as follows : 

Jesus, Saviour, now I'm coming 

Unto Thee for peace and rest; 
All earth's joys are transient, fleeting; 

All earth's hopes are poor, at best. 
Unto Thee I come for refuge, 

For in Thee all fulness dwells; 
While I'm singing, while I'm praying. 

Unto Thee affection wells. 

Vile and sinful, wilt Thou take me? 

Take and make me all Thine own" 
Now my prayer to Thee ascending, 

Shall it reach Thy heavenly throne? 
Yes, I hear the gracious answer: 

"I have died that thou may'st live," 
O, the wealth of joy and comfort, 

That sw^eet sentence now doth give! 

Saviour, now my elder Brother, 

May I nothing do for Thee? 
Life is short — a morning — evening — 

It is now high noon with me. 
In the market, idly standing, 

Shadows gather round my brow. 
Hark! I hear a sweet voice calling, 

"Come and labor for Me now." 

Can it be a mansion waiteth, 

Far above the starry sky; 
All transcendent in its beauty, 

Made for saved ones such as n 
Yes, 'tis true; the Lord hath said it. 

Hear the glad, sublime refrain: 

If we suffer here with Jesus, 

Over there with Him we'll reign. 

Mr. J. M. Hitchcock, for many }'ears 
an elder of the Chicago Avenue Church 
was introduced and spoke concerning 
his acquaintance with Mr. Cook's 
labors for the National Christian Asso- 

After sinoing- bv Mrs. Mills, who has 
comforted so many hearts on funeral oc- 
casions in our city, opportunity was 
given for looking upon the face of our 
departed brother, and the audience re- 
tired to the cemetery where the services 
were brieflv concluded. 



October, 1!)11. 



It is one of the universal eharaeteris- 
tics of men that thev desire to know how 
the hattle is o-oino-. It is never easv to 
do daily duty and leave events quietly in 
the hands of God. Within certain limits 
this feeling is right and proper as well 
as natural. It is one of the questions 
which continually recur in our confer- 
ences on the lodge question, "Are we 
making progress ? How are we getting 

It is ecjually evident that no one but 
God can answer this inquiry in any full 
and perfect manner. In this world 
whether we like it or not we are required 
to walk by faith, not by sight. We are 
all the time reminded of our human limi- 
tations when we attempt to scan the hori- 
zon and learn the situation for the pres- 
ent and the probabilities for the future. 
But while we cannot know the future 
except so far as it is revealed there are 
nevertheless signs of the times and wise 
men can in humble reliance on the teach- 
ing of the Holy Spirit judge of what is 
to be by what is said and by the unveil- 
ings of God's providence from day to 

We therefore return to our question, 
"A\'atchman, what of the night?" The 
answer of the prophet was : "The morn- 
ing Cometh and also the night." That 
is, there will be improvement and again 
there will be darkness and storm. I do 
not know of any better answer, which the 
prophet of today can give, than that 
which the great preacher of Judah gave 
so man}- years ago, "The morning com- 
eth and also the night." That is, there 
will be alternations of light and darkness 
and no final victory for the truth until 
the King comes. 

The Coming of the King is Near. 

This is our great hope and upon it we 

should dwell more than we do. Some- 
thing like three hundred times in the 
Word of God the Day of our Lord's 
coniing is mentioned as a ground of 
courage for his people, or of fear for his 
enemies. How constantly then should we 
return to it that we may be made strong 
and faithful for our tasks, "The Lord is 
at hand." If this is true what have His 
friends to fear or His enemies to hope? 
"Let us then lay aside every weight and 
the sin that so easily besets and run with 
patience the race that is set before us, 
looking unto Jesus the author and the 
finisher of oiir faith." Let the sick, the 
tired, the tempted, the sorrowing, the 
discouraged and the overborne say often 
to themselves : "The Lord is at hand." 
This will give strength for battle and 
courage for victory. 

Meanwhile let us always attend to the 
signs of the times for God is continually 
showing what He means to do by what 
He does. I was recently in Elkhart, In- 
diana, attending the annual conference of 
the Christian Association of that state. 
Taking up an evening paper I read a no- 
tice of the organization of a new lodge 
of some sort or another. The notice was 
urging young men to come into this or- 
der and was specially insisting oii the 
fact that those who went in at once could 
get lodge standing for five dollars, while 
those who waited if they came in would 
have to pay twenty-five dollars. 

This is by no means an isolated in- 
stance. The lodge promoters are con- 
tinually doing this sort of thing. I re- 
member to have met a young business 
man in our city, who was being urged to 
be one of a few who were to make up a 
new lodge. He was told that he could 
come in for a very small fee, that he 
would not need to be initiated, etc., etc. 
Now this sort of canvass shows to what 
straits the lodge men are reduced. The 
number of men who wish to live by the 
lodsfe business is increased and the num- 

October, IDll. 



ber of men who are willing to support 
them does not increase in the same ratio. 
There is therefore a necessity for the cut 
rates and bargain lots in lodgery. It is 
lamentable that men are foolish enough 
to contribute to the support of these 
lodge promoters in any way, but it is a 
cause of congratulation that it is neces- 
sary to offer these inducements to get 
men to enter these dark societies. 

The Harlot's Ways are Changeable. 

It is a well known fact that when a 
man joins one lodge he is very apt to 
unite with others. He is likely to become 
what is called "a joiner." It is in this 
way that so many orders are sustained. 
The same man supports two or three or 
ten. This makes it hard for the wife and 
children and often impossible for the 
church. It is very hard for the men who 
contribute the dues and other fees, which 
keep the orders moving, also to support 
home and church. 

It will be noted by all who study the 
system that though men weary of the 
silly ritualS; and go into other lodges to 
get a change, they usually keep on pay- 
ing dues to the orders which they do not 
care to attend. In like manner libertines 
change their mistresses, wearying of one 
and paying blackmail or conscience 
money to the other, whom they have 
abandoned. A gentleman recently said 
to me, 'Tt is strange to me to see how 
men go from one secret order into an- 
other. Here in our town it is first one 
and then another all the time." Without 
understanding the reason he had hit up- 
on the fact stated above. 

The same principle is at work in single 
orders among the dift"erent degrees. 
Men take one degree and are made sick 
and disgusted. They are assured that if 
they will only go on and take another de- 
gree they will find something far better. 
They frequently do this only to learn 
that all is of one piece and that there is 
nothine in the entire system Init a mass 

of deceit, folly, shame and sin. Now 
from one point of view this multiplica- 
tion of degrees and orders is dishearten- 
ing. Men say : Will the ]^rocession never 
cease ? Are the home, the church and 
the state never to have a fair chance at 
the hearts of men ? Is the harlot reli- 
gion always to skim the cream from the 
time, the money, the thought and energy 
of our young people ? 

The feeling is cjuite natural Ijut a deep- 
er view will afford consolation. A man 
who changes his name, his clothes and 
his beard every few days is not the man 
you wish your son to imitate. The pride 
which those who bear a name honored 
for centuries have in it is reasonable. It 
is so with the church of Jesus Christ. 
Thoughtless people reproach her with her 
unchangeability. But this her glory. It 
goes to show that her character and 
work are such as to make it unnecessary 
for her to change. The position of an 
honored wife is not like that of a pros- 
titute. She is not compelled to be con- 
tinually modifying herself in order to re- 
tain her place in her husband's house 
and heart. We ought therefore to be 
encouraged by the very fact which is apt 
to discourage us. The continual chang- 
ing and shifting, which is going forward 
in secret orders, is a prophecy of their 
The Thoughts of Many Hearts Revealed. 

The theory upon which detectives act 
is that it is impossible for any man to 
be a perpetual hypocrite. Some time or 
other he must be his real self. First or 
last he must act out his inniost being. 
That this is true no thoughtful student 
doubts. It is one of the laws b}- which 
God rules the universe and is a great 
comfort to those who struggle for right- 
eousness. When evil men ov institutions 
seek to gain admission into a communit}' 
or a human heart thc\- al\va}'s adopt an 
alias and a disguise. The men who are 
or^anizino- secret orders sav that thc\- are 



October, 1911. 

not secret orders and those which Hve bv 
appeals to the baser instincts and pas- 
sions of men for a time put aside these 
inducements to sin and at times deny 
that they ever use them. For example 
when the Woodmen came into our city 
they drew in a number of our good young- 
men by enlarging upon the hope of sick 
and death benefits and denying that the 
order was /;/ fact a secret society. 

For a time there was a large part of 
the Woodmen lodge which insisted that 
the tom-fool initiations should be omit- 
ted, and that there should be none of the 
dances wdiich from, the beginning until 
now have corrupted and destroyed the 
individuals and communities which have 
tolerated them. Years have passed. I 
have not inquired about the initiations, 
but of late the notices of lodge dances 
held by this order have steadily in- 
creased. 'They sat down to eat and 
drink and rose up to play," has been the 
regular order in lodges from the time 
that Aaron organized his "Lodge of the 
Golden Calf at the foot of Sinai until 
this present day. 

Now this self-revealing necessity 
which lies in the nature of all things is 
an encouragement to all who strive for 
the truth. It is an evidence that the 
lodge cannot forever hide its real nature 
but must in the end be known to be what 
it actually is. When that time comes 
only those who are of the same spirit will 
have fellowship with it. It becomes 
plain that this is already becoming true 
here and now. It is only a few days 
since I was talking with one of our busi- 
ness men about the picnic which the 
Woodmen had induced our community to 
aid and assist. He said in the first place 
that his place of business was to be open 
on the lodge picnic day. Then he con- 
tinued to say that he had not been in a 
meeting of the lodge for over twenty 
years. He said : "I am a business man 
and I have my home. I enjoy them both 

and it is no object to me to leave one 
or the other for the intolerable silliness 
of lodge performances. Those who like 
such things are welcome to them ; for my 
part I don't care for them." These were 
not his exact words but they express ex- 
actly his thought so well as I am able to 
set it down. 

In Hoc Signo Vinces. 
I have frequently said in these letters 
that the real difficulty with the lodge is 
in its religious character. This is the 
thing that settles the whole question for 
all Christian men, who once get a sight 
of the facts in the case. While attending 
our recent meeting in Ohio, I waited one 
morning for a friend in a shop on the 
principal street of the city. There were 
present several gentlemen and they were 
speaking of our meeting of the night be- 
fore. One of them complained that our 
speaker had spoken freely of the evils 
of the lodge, but had said nothing of the 
good things in it. 

I said to him, "What good things are 
there of which he might have spoken?" 
He replied that its Bible readings and 
prayers should have been mentioned. I 
said to him : "Those are to us the worst 
things about your order." He seemed 
much surprised and wished to know what 
objection there could possibly be to them. 
I said to him : "What per cent of your 
men are Christians?" He said that he 
did not know. I said to him : "Do you 
think that half of your members are even 
members of the church?" He thought 
not. I said : "Are a fourth part of 
them?" He was not sure but thought 
not. "Well," said I, "any one of those 
men who do not even profess to be saved 
might be appointed to read those pray- 
ers and other solemn words, might he 
not?" He admitted that this was true. 
"Well," said I, "is not this one fact 
enough to justify all Christian people in 
opposition to the secret orders?" 

There were two things whicli interest- 

October, 1911. 



ed me in this group of men. First was 
the fact that they had none of them seen 
the deadly insult to God, which is in- 
volved in putting such words into the 
mouths of such men, and, second, that 
as soon as this was pointed out to them 
they at once seemed to understand and 
admit it. This is a ground of hope. It 
shows that now as in the olden time 
God's people go into captivity for lack 
of knowledge, and that when the infor- 
mation is furnished they will respond. 
It shows that there is urgent need for 
our work and encourages us to press on. 
High School Fraternities Again. 

It is the duty of the prophet to deliver 
the message which his age needs and to 
continue to speak it until the need for 
it has passed away. It would be amusing 
if it were not tragic to hear of ministers 
preaching one sermon a year on such a 
subject as the lodge or the saloon. For 
three hundred and fifty-two days in each 
year these powerful engines of evil send 
their shot and shell through our homes 
and churches and we hope to silence their 
batteries by firing at them once a year. 
A child would know that the thing could 
not be done. We therefore offer no 
apolog}- for returning to this vital sub- 

And first we remind you again that 
there is no argument against secret so- 
cieties in high schools which does not ap- 
ply with equal force against secret or- 
ders in college or anywhere else. We 
have never read an argument against 
lodges which was not true, and we have 
never read one against one secret society 
which did not apply to all others. The 
essential vice in a secret society is that 
it is secret. This opens the way for all 
iother evils of every name and kind. 
What sane man can doubt for a moment 
the demoralizing transactions which go 
forward in a fraternity house? It is not 
that fraternity men are different from or 
worse than other men. It is that thev 

are like them and that men who do not 
live in the open are sure to live in the 
dark in more ways than one. 

In the second place I call your atten- 
tion once more to the fact that there is 
practically no difference among teachers 
as to the ill effects of the secret order 
in the high school. There are a very few 
teachers who are lodgemen, or politi- 
cians, who seek to please both parties, 
but to the praise of the high school men 
of our country it is to be said that they 
are practically a unit against the orders. 
It is also to be said with gratitude that 
the courts and legislatures are almost as 
united in their action against these de- 
pravers of our young people. 

And finally we are to be glad that the 
Boards of Education have been so de- 
liberate in their action. At times this 
slowness has been so marked as to cause 
doubt, or suspicion, but in most cases it 
has appeared to be the steady on-going 
of intelligent determination. For all 
these things let us give thanks and take 
courage. This world belongs to God. It 
does not even owe its allegiance to good 
men far less is it the property of the 
wicked. We cannot see the kingdom un- 
til the King comes but even now we may 
see that he is to be the universal ruler 
and at such an hour as we do not expect 
Him His hand will be on the latch, His 
footstep at the door. 

God bless, encourage and keep you all. 
Faithfully yours, 

Charles A. Blanchard. 

Whv wilt thou defer thv good pur- 
pose from day to day? Arise, and be- 
gin in this very instant, and say, ''Now 
is the time to be doing; now is the time 
to be striving; now is the fit time to 
amend myself." Unless thou dost ear- 
nestly force thyself, thou shalt never 
get the victory over sin. — Thomas a 
Kern pis. 



October, 1911. 



The heart of man loves the sono- of 
victory. This is universally true. In all 
ages men have sacrificed even their very 
life's blood that, while they themselves 
were dying-, they might hear their com- 
rades singing- the p^ean of victory. But 
always, before there can be any victory, 
there must be a conflict and, the stronger 
the combatants and the greater the issue 
and the more terrific the struggle, the 
greater will be the victory. 

On the world's battle field today there 
are two mighty institutions. Freemasonry 
and Christianity. It has been stated on 
the one hand that these two forces are 
allies, fighting in co-operation against 
wrong. It has been declared on the 
other hand that they are in terrific con- 
flict with each other over the greatest is- 
sues of the ages. This second class is 
prophesying which side will finally tri- 
umph ; but, before any one can foretell 
triumph, it must be proved that there 
is a conflict. The whole question, there- 
fore, at present is whether there is a con- 
flict, not between the adherents of these 
two institutions, but between the funda- 
mental principles and requirements of 
Freemasonry and of Christianity as 
taught by the acknowledged Masonic and 
Christian authorities. 

It is very evident that Freemasonry 
and Christianity are in conflict in this re- 
spect : That one of the foundation stones 
of the former is secrecy, but that one of 
the fundamental principles of the latter 
is openness. Masonic seceders, truthful, 
godly men, whose word can be trusted, 
say that all Masons are bound by terrible 
oaths to keep secret the mysteries of their 
order and that, in certain degrees, they 
must conceal even the crimes of each 
other. As further proof that secrecy is 
a fundamental principle of Freemasonry, 
the statement of an acknowledged Ma- 
sonic authority, Mackey, in his writings 
open to all, is offered. He says : ''Free- 
masonry as a secret association has lived 
for centuries — as an open society it would 
not last for as many years." 

Christianity, on the contrar}^, loves 
light, and hates darkness. The greatest 

*This oration took first prize in an annual 
oratorical contest this year at Houghton Sem- 
inary, Houghton, N. Y. — Editor. 

Christian Authority declared : 'T have 
spoken openly to the world — and in se- 
cret have I said nothing." He taught 
that whatever is good for men ought to 
be told everywhere so that all may know 
the truth and may be benefited thereby, 
and that whatever is evil ought to be ex- 
posed so that men may avoid it. It is 
true that Christianity permits and even 
commands a certain degree of privacy ; 
but secrecy in the Masonic sense it most 
severely antagonizes. "Woe unto them 
that hide deep their counsel from Jeho- 
vah, and whose works are in the dark 
and that say. Who seeth us? and who 
knoweth us?" are the words of God. In 
fact, as regards secrecy and openness, 
'Freemasonry and Christianity directly 
oppose each other. 

Again, Freemasonry is in conflict with 
Christianity because it imposes unchris- 
tian obligations upon its own adherents 
and sustains an unchristian attitude to- 
ward the outside world. Part of the 
proof for this is necessarily based upon 
the testimony of seceders. But, since 
the most reliable and trustworthy men, 
who have left the order, not through 
spite, but from, principle, are all agreed 
as to what are Masonic secrets, it is per- 
fectly right to base proof upon their rev- 
elations. Freemasonry requires its can- 
didates to swear to submit themselves to 
conditions the nature of which they have 
no knowledge of until they have taken 
the oath and which are determined by 
finite minds. A candidate must swear to 
conceal what is about to be told him 
whether he afterwards believes it right 
or wrong. A candidate for certain degrees 
must swear also^ to conceal some or all 
of the crimes of a brother of his degree. 
Finally, a candidate must swear to obey 
the Masonic order absolutely. No well 
enlightened Christian will need further 
proof that the spirit of these obligations 
is directly opposed to the spirit of Chris- 
tian requirements. 

Furthermore, the Masonic attitude to- 
ward persons outside the order is very 
unchristian. Masonry requires honesty, 
and righteous action in many ways, 
among Masons ; but it requires no such 
thing in a Mason's treatment of one out- 
side the order. In fact, the very specifi- 
cation of who shall receive right treat- 
ment suggests that others need not be so 

October, J Oil. 



treated. A Mason of certain degrees is 
required also to sustain a right moral 
relation to the women relatives of a 
brother of his degree. But the mere 
mention of this implies that other women 
have no right to protection. Again, does 
not Freemasonry possess a most unchris- 
tian spirit when it prompts the cold- 
blooded murder of even its enemies? 
Does Masonry sustain a Christian atti- 
tude toward any of the citizens of our 
country when it tends to protect crime 
and thus endangers the welfare of the 
whole nation ? Certainly no sincere well- 
informed person will affirm that it does. 
Freemasonry must, therefore, be in con- 
flict with Christianity, not only because 
of secrecy, but also because of the un- 
christian obligations imposed upon its 
own adherents and the unchristian atti- 
tude sustained toward the outside world. 

But the most important point of con- 
flict is that Freemasonry proposes to save 
the souls of men by a way which is very 
different from the only Christian way 
of salvatiqn and which is radically op- 
posed to the Christian way. That Free- 
masonry is a religion, Masonic authori- 
ties positively state. Mackev says em- 
phatically : "Freemasonry is a religious 
institution." Again he says, ''A Mason, 
by living in strict obedience to the obli- 
gations and precepts of the fraternity, is 
free from sin." In fact, no one who has 
a thorough knowledge of Masonic teach- 
ings can truthfully deny that Freemason- 
rv professes to be a religion which saves 
the souls of men and fully prepares them 
for heaven. 

Wherein, then, do these two religions 
teach different and opposing ways of sal- 
vation ? The Christian doctrine is that 
salvation can be secured in no way except 
through faith in the expiatory sacrifice of 
Jesus Christ and through strict obedience 
to the Bible and that personal merit can 
never in any degree atone for sin. But 
the Masonic doctrine is directly contrary 
to this. Masonry makes obedience to the 
Bible unnecessary in securing salvation. 
Mackey says that Masonry does not 
teach the divine authenticity of the Holy 
Scriptures, but leaves every man to his 
own opinions upon that subject. He 
says, furthermore, that the Koran should 
be to the Mohammedan Mason what the 
r)ible is to the Christian Mason. There- 

fore, though Masonry teaches a way of 
salvation, it brings the Bible down to the 
level of certain other books and denies 
that obedience to its precepts is neces- 

Again, all regular, or universal Ma- 
sonry, ignores and opposes Jesus Christ. 
It is true that one degree, the Knights 
Templar, constantly mentions Christ. 
But that degree is not regular Masonry 
in the same sense in which the term is 
used here, because it is not one of the 
required degrees and is not found among 
the Jews, Mohammedans, or the heathen. 
This fact, therefore, is no exception to 
the statement that regular Masonry ig- 
nores Christ by purposely omitting His 
name from Bible quotations which are 
used in the lodges and which originally 
mention Him. Christianity, on the con- 
trary, makes Jesus Christ the central fig- 
ure of the whole Bible. Furthermore, 
no prayer is strictly Masonic which con- 
tains the name of Christ. A statement 
of a Masonic editor is this : "All invo- 
cations in a Masonic lodge must be ad- 
dressed to God and to God alone." With 
this man agree all acknowledged authori- 
ties that the name of Christ must not be 
used in a Masonic prayer. But the 
Christian doctrine is that no one can even 
obtain audience with God unless he 
comes in the name of Jesus. Finally, 
Freemasonry wdiolly ignores the neces- 
sity of the atonement of Christ in se- 
curing salvation. This is perfectly evi- 
dent from the fact that the whole system 
of universal Masonry is either entirely 
silent about Christ or actually opposes 
Hint, and affirms that some are saved 
who not only have no faith in Him but 
whO' shamefully despise and bitterly hate 
Him. In this way Freemasonry ignores 
and opposes Jesus Christ ; but Christian- 
ity makes Him the only way of salvation 
atu^' declares that without faith in His 
atoning death there can he no remission 
of sins. 

In fact, the only Masonic requirement 
for obtaining salvation is personal merit, 
or, as Mackey says, acceptance of the 
]Masonic creed and obedience to the or- 
der. But what are these atoning works ^ 
And in what sort of worship must he 
engage wdio would seek ]\[asonic salva- 
tion?* It has been proved already that 
man\- of the Masoiiic oblioations are di- 



October, 1911. 

rectly antagonistic to Christianity. Fur- 
thermore, the ceremonies and symbols 
which jMasonry uses to teach the way of 
salvation are almost wholly of unchris- 
tian origin and spirit. A noted Masonic 
writer says : "There is scarcely a cere- 
mony practiced by the Masonic fraternity 
which does not have its counterpart in 
the ancient mysteries." These ancient 
mysteries, the best Masonic authorities 
assert, were the ceremonies which the 
heathen countries of Egypt. Syria, Phoe- 
nicia, Phrygia, and others used in wor- 
shipping the sun. These authorities say 
also that the favorite Masonic legend of 
Hiram AbifT, whose so-called death and 
resurrection are symbolized by certain 
Masonic ceremonies, was borrowed di- 
rectly from the story of the Egyptian 
sun-god, Osiris, and that, therefore, the 
practice of these ceremonies is, in form 
at least. Sun-worship. 

Some of the symbols used in Masonry, 
it is true, are a workman's tools ; but 
others represent the ancient Baal, or 
Sun-worship. For example, Mackey 
savs that "the point within a circle is an 
allusion to the old sun-worship" and to 
that part of it "known among the an- 
cients as the worship of the Phallus." 
This Phallus, he says, was an extremely 
licentious god and was, as some suppose, 
the Moabitish Baal-peor, whose licen- 
tious worship brought down the wrath of 
God upon 24,000 Israelites in the wilder- 
ness of Sin. In the same way most of 
the ceremonies and symbols are heathen- 
ish, and, in fact, Morris, another ac- 
knowledged Masonic authority, says that 
Freemasonry is principally a "perpetua- 
tion of Baal, or Sun-worship." 

The amount of proof that has been 
offered to establish these strong charges 
against Freemasonry is certainly very 
small. But, if time and space would per- 
mit, a great abundance more of equally 
good proof could be offered to show^ con- 
clusively the terrific conflict between 
these two religions. Yet, without further 
arguing these points of conflict ; with- 
out arguing the unchristian origin of the 
Masonic order in 1717; without refuting 
the fallacy of some that Masonry, be- 
cause of its charitable nature and its 
bonds of brotherhood, is in co-operation 
with Christianity ; with the mere men- 
tion of the fact that Masonry ignores the 

Holy Spirit as well as Jesus Christ ; and 
without mentioning any other points of 
dift'erence, I maintain that these facts are 
sufficient proof of the terrific conflict be- 
tween Freemasonry and Christianity. To 
summarize briefly, these facts which have 
been proved, are that Freemasonry is 
secret, but Christianity is open ; that 
Freemasonry imposes unchristian obliga- 
tions upon its own adherents and sustains 
an unchristian attitude toward the rest 
of the world ; that the Masonic way of 
salvation is directly contrary to the only 
Christian way, because the Masonic way 
is without the Bible and without Christ, 
merely through personal merit. There- 
fore, since there is war between these 
two forces, it logically follows that there 
is not co-operation,, and, since it is the 
very nature of Christianity to fight for- 
ever against its foes and since its nature 
cannot change, it follows that, unless 
Freemasonry changes, there can never be 
peace between Freemasonry and Chris- 

Such is the conflict — a struggle which, 
from the nature of the case, must con- 
stantly become more terrific until it shall 
finally end in the complete overthrow of 
the one and the supreme triumph of the 
other. But which is to be the victor? 
Which one will be hurled into the abyss 
of eternal defeat and ignominy? Can 
this religion be defeated which under 
the name of Judaism, or Christianity or 
under some other name has been in 
countless battles like this, and, while its 
strongest foes have been compelled to 
bite the dust, it has stood for 6,000 years 
absolutely invincible — can such a reli- 
gion ever suffer defeat? Can that re- 
ligion succeed which tramples under foot 
the word of God and rejects our Savior 
Jesus Christ ? Every well-informed per- 
son must admit that wdiatever opposes 
Christianity will finally fall. The Chris- 
tian religion must conquer every foe, 
even Freemasonry. But how ? Will it 
be by mere fatalism? Has fate decreed 
that this must be so and that no man's 
will can oppose? In no sense will the 
victory come by fatalism. God depends 
almost wholly upon voluntary human in- 
strumentality for the accomplishment of 
His work on the earth. 

The responsibility, therefore, of the 
outcome of the present conflict rests up- 

October, 1911. 



on us. Freemasonry will rise or fall ac- 
cording to what we do. Christians, here 
is our opportunity, here is our responsi- 
bility. On every side of us is this ter- 
rible enemy. It is plotting in secret 
against our religion. It is trying to un- 
dermine our faith. It has already shat- 
tered the hopes and blighted the lives of 
thousands of our people. It would even 
descend to heaven and dethrone our 
King. God summons us to immediate 
effective action against Freemasonry. 
What is our attitude toward this call ? Is 
it an attitude of loyalty and of active co- 
operation with God? Or is it one of 
neglect and indifference ? Christians, 
our attitude ought to be the first, not the 
second. Then let us make it so. Let us 
arise in the strength of Jehovah and in 
His name and power let us go forth to 
war against all the foes of our Christ 
and conquer them so completely that men 
everywhere will worship Him only and 
crown Him Lord of all. This is our 
duty. God rightfully demands our serv- 
ice. For His sake and for the sake of 
Jesus Christ, who died on Calvary for 
us, shall we not devote our lives to the 
overthrow of all that opposes Him and 
to the building up of all that honors 

Pitts ford, J^crmont. 

Grave on thy heart each past red letter 
day ; 

Forget not all the sunshine of the way 

By which the Lord has led thee ; an- 
swered prayers, 

And joys unasked, strange blessings, 
lifted cares. 

Grand promise echoes ! Thus thy life 
shall be 

One record of His love and faithfulness 
to thee. 

— Miss Haver gal. 

The longer you read the Bible, the 
more you will like it ; it will grow sweet- 
er and sweeter ; and the more you get 
into the spirit of it, the more you will 
get into the spirit of Christ. — Romaine. 

O God ! vouchsafe to me of your Infi- 
nite all that is possible of light and of 

love!— F/rfor Hugo. 


(Ccntinued from June number.) 
Evidently God wanted me to be a busi- 
ness man ; and He seemed to impress that 
fact upon my father's mind, for, just 
as I was closing my term of school he 
wrote me suggesting that on my way 
home I stop in Chicago and see if I 
could not get a clerkship. This I had 
already decided to do. I cornxUiitted my 
ways unto the Lord, and claimed His 
promise to direct my steps. I set aside 
ten dollars as the limit that I would 
spend for hotel accommodations in hunt- 
ing for a place, and pledged to the Lord's 
work any balance. As it was winter, or 
rather, early spring, I knew that young 
men from the country had eagerly sought 
for clerkships — as for the tirne they 
lacked work at home, even at the small- 
est wages — and for permanent places if 
they were good. I thought it important 
to choose the business I would like best, 
knowing the Lord could just as easily 
giv^ me that as any other, and decided 
on the book and stationery business. 

I stopped at the old Adams House, had 
a refreshing sleep, read God's Word, and 
again asked His guidance. I had an ex- 
cellent recommendation, signed by Presi- 
dent Jonathan Blanchard ; and I started 
out early, before the stores were open, 
took a look at the town, and, when 
they were opened, visited the book and 
stationery stores. At one of these stores 
an old gentleman greeted me very cordi- 
ally, and I showed him mv recommenda- • 
tion. "Well," said he, "with that recom- 
mendation you have only to find a va- 
cancy." Much encouraged, I went on, 
and about ten o'clock entered a station- 
ery store at 196 Lake street and stated 
my errand. "Yes," said the bookkeeper, 
''we do want another clerk, but the pro- 
prietor is out." I waited, saw the pro- 
prietor, secured the clerkship, and was 
so happy and thankful that I did not 
deduct the hotel bill, but gave the entire 
ten dollars for Christian' work. Later, 
when one young man after another ap- 
plied there for a situation, and said thev 
had spent several weeks in earnest 
search for a clerkship of anv kind, the 
leading of my Lord became very mani- 
fest. After three years' service here I 
started in business for mvself. 


October, lOlL 

This firm carried a stock of stationery, 
and took orders for printing, lithograph- 
ing and bkuik books to order. It soon 
became mv cUitx" to secure prices from 
ditterent printing offices, Hthographing 
estabHshments. and binderies, on all sorts 
of work, but particularly on bank work, 
as that was our principal country trade, 
and most of it was secured by sending ' 
samples to bankers and quoting prices on 
same. The filling of these orders for 
stationery was also committed to my 
charo-e, and I was termed "the man in 
charge of the work department." 

]\Iv employer was Captain General of 
the Knights Templar, and in and out of 
the city (for he made occasional coun- 
try trips), he used his Masonic connec- 
tion to the limit. His most profitable 
business was work for lodges, especially 
seals. When I read proof on a Scottish 
Rite petition for degrees, one entitled 
"Prince of Mercy," I was shocked at 
such impiety, and all the more when I 
learned that they were ordered by Dea- 
con T. T. Gurney. of the Tabernacle 
Congregational Church. I kept a copy 
of this petition, and afterwards printed 
is as a Cynosure tract. I did not fail to 
protest against lodgery to my emj^^oyer. 

It will readily be seen that my having 
charge of the "work department" pecu- 
liarly fitted me for taking orders, all the 
more that I did not depend on signs and 
grips for favors ; and it is true that, 
when sent out "on the "road," my suc- 
cess was - so unusual that I was di- 
rected to stay at it several times as long 
as had been planned. 

But the facts I have stated regarding 
Masonic patronage will readily show 
why I wished to change employers. I 
had no idea of going into business for 
myself. My father, a retired Methodist 
minister, had then come into the city, 
and when I spoke of my purpose to seek 
another place of employment, I was 
amazed to hear his question, "Why don't 
you start in business for yourself, Ezra?" 
I think I must have shaken with emo- 
tion as I asked, "Why, father, what do 
you mean? You know that, on the $6.50 
to $7 per week that I have received dur- 
ing the past three years, I have not been 
able to save anything, although I have 
lodged in the store and boarded myself ; 
for I am obliged to keep well dressed. 

You have yourself loaned out my prev- 
ious savings, and know that my entire 
.earthly wealth is less than $2,000, I 
consider it absolutely necessary to have 
a printing office in order to fill orders 
promptly ; and, though we could get the 
lithographing, ruling and binding done 
outside, we must buy the stones that we 
have the engravings put on ; and, with 
a stock O'f stationery to buy, and rent 
to pay, it would take much even for a 
humble start." 

Father's answer to this statement 
showed his confidence in me, in such a 
light as to fairly overwhelm me. It 
was in substance as follows: "My dear 
son, you know that when I exchanged 
the Wheaton farm (102 acres) for citv 
property I received a cash balance — more 
than half cash — which has been bearing 
interest since then. In view of the in- 
terests of the other children, I do not 
think I should risk all of this ; but I 
will furnish you funds liberally as you 
have need. Of course, those who know 
your energy, ability, and sterling Chris- 
tian character, will be glad to extend 
you some credit at the start ; and, if 
they see that you are succeeding in 
establishing a paying business, they will 
be oiily too glad to extend the amount. 
I think you may prayerfully try it for a 
year, anyhow. I will not be your partner 
in any legal sense for the first year, on 
account of the danger of robbing the 
other children ; but, if the Lord blesses 
you with success, as I firmly believe He 
will (for from your earliest childhood 
you. have honored God, and always 
proved yourself a loving, obedient, help- 
ful son and brother to the children ) , in 
that case, at the end of a year, I will 
become your partner, with the distinct 
understanding that you are to be the 
business manager." 

I will not attempt to describe, much 
less analyze, my emotions at this time. 
I knew that God was leading in it all ; 
for I was His child and partner, though 
to the world the sign might read Ezra 
A. Cook & Co. That my mind should 
now run over the past, even to child- 
hood, to see the loving leading of my 
Lord, is but natural. That God had led 
my father as well as myself was plainf 
I could see that father's confidence had 
been growing for over twenty years. 

October, 1911. 



If from what I have written, any read- 
er should infer that father's affection 
was that of worldly thrift, for what he 
could get out of me, }ou would greatly 
wrong him. I cannot doubt, from our 
sweet confidences, that what called forth, 
more than anything else, father's praise 
to God on my behalf, was ray zeal for 
Christ and His Kingdom, and the cour- 
age with which I fought for the over- 
throw of the secret empire, and the 
abolition of slavery. He was intensely 
interested in my work for the negroes 
while in the army, and still more in my 
fight against Freemasonry. This fight- 
ing for the right on all occasions ("Chris- 
tian stamina,'" father called it) gave 
father even more confidence in my suc- 
cess in business than my capacity for 
work, because faithfulness to the com- 
mands of God linked me to the power 
of the Almighty. . • ' 

, Now that it was decided that I should 
start in business for myself, I sought, 
under the direction of my Lord, to find 
a suitable place. I soon found the build- 
ing at 88 LaSalle street, owned by Hon. 
Thomas Hoyne, unoccupied. Mr. Hoyne 
offered to make the rent $150 per month 
till May ist — four months; and after 
that $250 per month. The location on 
the court-house square was ideal ; but 
the amount of the rent scared me. I 
reported the find to father, and he fa- 
vored renting the building for sixteen 
months. So I signed the lease, and 
paid the rent for the month of January, 
1868. The half a month in December, 
Mr. Hoyne did not charge for. 

As soon as the building was rented, 
the purchase of stationery, and machin- 
ery, type and material for the printing 
office, was promptly attended to, and 
samples of bank stationery were pre- 
pared and mailed to prospective cus- 
tomers. The samples showed excep- 
tionally fine work, the printing being 
from new and late styles of type, and 
the lithographing also of the best qual- 
ity. Moderate prices were quoted, and 
in a circular especial emphasis was laid 
on our ability to fill orders promptly, as 
well as in the latest style. The response 
was all that could have been expected. 
T knew that many would be chary about 
ordering from a house they had never 
heard of, whose talk of promptness, etc.. 

might be mostly "hot air." I was, there- 
fore, anxious to get out and see those 
that I had previously met, as soon as 
possible. Some very g^ood customers 
were secured in the city, and father and 
by brother David C., now known as the 
Sunday-school man, did all that they 
could to aid ; but all were new at the 
business. I had, of course, to make 
prices, not only on orders taken, l)ut on 
the stock of stationery when it arrived 
from New York ; and even m)' capacity 
for long hours of labor was taxed to 
the utmost. In a few months I was able 
to make a hurried trip west. By this 
time second orders were coming in from 
bankers who had sent in trial orders at 
the first ; so the prospect was bright. Ex- 
penses, it is true, threatened to eat up 
all of the profits, and more too ; but my 
courage was sustained by the assurances 
of my Lord and His evident guidance. 

In July of this year (1868) we began 
to publish the Christian Cynosure in 
opposition to secret societies. When a 
child, I promised the Lord that, to the 
best of my ability, I would sustain and 
defend the right, no matter how unpopu- 
lar it might be, and I had renewed that 
promise daily. I had found great joy 
in 'suffering shame and loss for the name 
of Christ, as I have related; but the pub- 
lication of the Christian Cynosure, I 
saw, before I undertook it, involved a 
continuous fight with merciless foes 
backed by Satanic cunning. Indeed, it 
is no exaggeration to call these secret 
orders the organized army of Satan, the 
leaders being possessed of that peculiarly 
loathsome character described as "unto 
every good work reprobate." Following 
the mailing of the first number of the 
Cynosure, abusive letters (most of them 
anonymous) filled our mail. Some of 
them were sent and signed by business 
firms, notifying me of the withdrawal of 
patronage ; and some contained threats 
of revenge, as if the writer of the let- 
ter had been personally attacked. .\ 
number of these were i^ublished in the 
Cynosure; and I put th* nrunes of mv 
country customers on the Cvx(\siri-: 
mailing list for six months, so that all 
might know just where we stood. ]^[an\ . 
if not most of these, soon ordered dis- 
continuance. Strange as it may seem. 
I still believe that this liold, antl by 
some called foolhard\'. course was not 



October, 1911. 

only that of duty^ well performed, but 
was far safer than a timid course would 
haye been. 

Xot only did scurrilous anonymous 
letters threaten personal violence, but 
also the destruction of property. I have 
ample reason to believe that, had I not 
been very cautious when crossing alleys 
after nightfall, I would have been as- 
saulted, and probably killed, except for 
the special protection of God. Had not 
the threats to destroy my property been 
made public, those threats, I do not 
doubt, would have been carried out. I 
had, as my first bookkeeper, a man from 
Lockport, Illinois. The father of this 
young man was visited by a score of 
men that he had never seen before, and 
warned to get his son out of my estab- 
lishment if he cared for his safety. When 
this young man went home on a visit, 
he was warned to quit my employ. 

When several numbers of the Cyno- 
sure had been issued, great complaint 
was received about not getting the paper. 
In many cases subscribers knew, from 
the postmaster or clerk, that he tore up 
the paper. Philo Carpenter expressed 
distress about the matter, and was at first 
quite inclined to blame us, either for poor 
wrapping or for faulty addressing. To 
test the matter, he personally addressed 
some well-wrapped papers, and put them 
in with the rest of the mail, so that 
they would go out in the regular mail. 
Those that were thus sent were ad- 
dressed to persons who had previously 
failed to get the paper. He wrote • to 
each of these at the same time, and asked 
them to write whether they received that 
week's paper. Each answered that the 
paper had not been received ; so he exon- 
erated us. 

Last July (1911) was the forty-third 
anniversary of the founding of the 
Cynosure. By the blessing of God, it 
has accomplished much for Christ and 
His kingdom. 

Our great thoughts, our great affec- 
tions, the truths of our life, never leave 
us. Surely they cannot separate from 
our consciousness, shall follow it whither- 
soever that shall go, and are of their 
nature divine and immortal. — Thackeray. 

From the Viewpoint of a Methodist Epis- 
copal Pastor. 

[Concluded from the September Cynosure.] 

I have already referred to Rev. Charles 
G. Finney as having been opposed to 
Freemasonry, and because of his experi- 
ence and observation inside the lodge, we 
may listen with profit tO' his testimony, 
which follows : 'T was completely con- 
verted from Masonry to Christ. 

''Those who adhere intelligently and 
determinedly to Freemasonry have no 
right in the Christian Church. How can 
we fail to pronounce Freemasonry an 
antichristian institution ? For example : 

"i. We have seen that its morality is 

"2. Its oathbound secrecy is unchris- 

"3. The administration and taking of 
its oaths are unchristian, and a violation 
of a positive command of Christ. ' , 

"4. Masonic oaths pledge its mem- 
bers to commit most unlawful and un- 
christian deeds : 

"a. To conceal each other's crimes. 

"b. To deliver each other from dif- 
ficulty whether right or wrong. 

"c. To unduly favor Masonry in po- 
litical actions and in business transac- 

"d. Its members to retaliate, and per- 
secute unto death the violators of Ma- 
sonic obligations. 

"e. Freemasonry knows no mercy, 
but swears its candidates to avenge vio- 
lations of Masonic obligations even un- 
to death. 

"f. Its oaths are profane, the taking 
of the name of God in vain. 

"g. The penalties of these are bar- 
barous and even savage. 

"h. Its teachings are false and pro- 

"i. Its design is partial and selfish. 

"j. Its ceremonies are a mixture of 
puerility and profanity. 

"k. Its religion is deistic. 

''1. It is a false religion, and professes 
to save men upon other conditions than 
those revealed in the Gospel of Christ. 

"m. It is an enormous falsehood. 

"n. It is a swindle, and obtains money 

October, iOlJ 


( -J 

from its membership under false pre- 

''o. It refuses all examination, and 
veils itself under a mantle of oathbound 

"p. It is a virtual conspiracy against 
both Church and State." 

If Charles G. Finney spoke truthfully 
in the quotation we have made, it is our 
bounden duty thoughtfully to consider 
the bearing and influence of this great 
enemy to the cause of Christ and to 
earnestly and intelligently oppose its fur- 
ther works of darkness as against the 
Church of God. 

But regard to the wishes of lodge men 
to be left tmdisturbed in their relation- 
ship and a desire not to suffer boycott 
from these oathbound trusts have sealed 
lips that ought to have spoken out in be- 
half of the Master's cause while secret 
orders have been active in efforts to se- 
cure public recognition and approval on 
the part of the Church. 

What is the Methodist Episcopal 
Church doing about it ? 

Two churches within the bounds of 
Scranton District of the Wyoming An- 
nual Conference perpetually advertise 
Freemasonry and Oddfellowship in win- 
dows given by these orders and bearing 
their special emblems ; and in one of 
these churches these fraternities had each 
a night of recognition in the week of 
dedication services. 

In response to a question as to the fit- 
ness of such dedication services the 
Christian Advocate, our leading church 
paper, said editorially, on June 6, 1907, 
as follows : 

"Is it possible that any Methodist 
church has done a thing of this kind ? 
If so it violated "every principle of pro- 

"These societies are secret. Nothing 
of a secret character has a claim for a 
permanent place and recognition in the 

"Even though it could be demonstrated 
that the society was founded on the prin- 
ciples of Jesus Christ, if it was secret, 
and its members were promiscuously tak- 
en from the community, it would be a 
violation of propriety. * '•' '^ No 
church that would admit these things can 
expect to be regarded reverently by the 
thoughtful members of the community. 

"It is better to have np ornamental 
windows than to raise the money for 
them in such ways. 

"We say nothing against these socie- 
ties, but the place for their memorial 
v^indows is in their own rooms or in pub- 
lic halls, not in edifices dedicated to the 
worship of God — free to all, whether 
they believe in secret societies or not — 
and consecrated to a preparation not only 
for the life that now is but for that which 
is to come." 

But some one may ask. Was not John 
Wesley a Mason ? 

He was so reported by the Philadelphia 
Press and also by the Masonic Sun. 

But the editor of the Christian Advo- 
cate gives convincing proof to the con- 
trary, and closes with this quotation from 
Wesley's Works. Volume 4, page 398, 
Friday, June t8, 1773: 

"I w^ent to Ballymena and read a 
strange tract that professes to discover 
the inmost recesses of Freemasonry, said 
to be translated from the French, orig^inal 
lately published at Berlin. 

"I incline to think it a genuine account. 

"Only if it be true I wonder the author 
is suffered to live. If it be, what an 
amazing banter upon all mankind is Free- 
masonry ! 

"And what a secret is it which so manv 
concur to keep ! From what motive ? 
Through fear or shame to own it." 
(Cynosure, June, 1903.) 

As to ministers giving time to secret 
orders, we have the following from the 
Christian Advocate: 

"A church in one of the Eastern cities 
is gradually decaying, while the minister 
seems to be quite popular with the gen- 
eral public. 

"Ou inquiry, we find that he is a mem- 
ber of the Order of M^asons, of the Or- 
der of Oddfellows, of the Order of 
Grangers, of the Order of United Work- 
men, and of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public, attends the meetings of all of 
them, and is active among them. No 
wonder his church decays. He has a 
split-up mind, and probably it was not 
big enough for the work of the Chris- 
tian ministrv to begin with. 

"Still, there is a colored minister of 
our church in one of the Southern States 
who belongs to seven secret societies. 

"Of course, we do not mean in the 



October, 1911. 

above remarks to settle the great ques- 
tion as to whether a minister should ever 
belong" to any other organization than 
the Christian Church, but do mean just 
what we say — that such a man as the 
above, or any man so ocupied with other 
things as such a condition implies, is un- 
fit for the responsibilities of the pasto- 

As to the question whether a minister 
can with propriety lecture for pay on 
such subjects as 'A\ hy I am a Mason," 
or 'AMiy I am an Oddfellow," or "Why 
I am a Knight of Pythias," the Christian 
Ad-i'ocatc remarks as follows: 

"These are rival associations, and they 
are secret associations. Many believe 
such secret associations whose members 
are required to take oaths, unscriptural 
and improper ; and rivalry among them 
does not always minister to Christian 
unity in religious societies, but often oc- 
casions serious discord. If a minister 
belong to any one of these societies, at 
least if he takes an active and conspicu- 
ous part, in case of church trials or dif- 
ferences among- members, it would be 
difficult for him to satis f 3^ all, of his im- 
partiality. That members of such socie- 
ties, on getting into difficulties, have been 
known to communicate their side of the 
case to ministers, under the pledge of 
secrecy, and helpfulness expected of 
them, cannot be denied by any familiar 
with the facts ; and that ministers have 
been dislodged from useful pastorates to 
make place for members of another se- 
cret society than those to which the said 
ministers belonged, and in some instances 
because they would not belong to any 
such, are facts." 

Another question to the Christian Ad- 
vocate and its answer follow : 

''Should the Masonic fraternity be in- 
vited to appear in its official character 
and lay the corner-stone of a Methodist 
Episcopal Church?'" 

Answer : ''The Alasonic fraternity is 
one of several secret societies established 
primarily for the aid, protection, and as- 
sociation of its members. It professes to 
have originated at a very ancient time, 
among practical masons ; but after awhile 
a distinction w^as established between 
practical and speculative Masonry, and 
everybody could be invited to join it who 
was considered a desirable acquisition. It 

has a liturgy of its own, which recog- 
nizes the being of God, but which does 
not recognize the deity of Jesus Christ. 

"Neither it nor any other secret society 
should be invited to lay the corner-stone 
of a Christian church, for these reasons : 

"It is secret. From the very nature 
of the case the Christian Church can 
have no intelligent judgment concerning 
the organization. Individual members 01 
the Church, by being members -of that 
body, may judge; but a secret body of 
which the Church as a whole cannot 
judge, should not be officially recognized 
in any of the services of the said body. 
Besides, there are in the aggregate many 
members of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church who do not believe at all in secret 
societies. The Church, as such, has not 
pronounced an adverse judgment on the 
propriety or otherwise of secret societies, 
ijut the fact that it has not done so does 
not justify the bringing forward of a 
secret society as such to perform one of 
its solemn ceremonies. 

"There would be just as much pro- 
priety in inviting the regular trades union 
of masons to lay the stone, and perhaps 
more, as spccidative Masonry can have 
no bearing on the laying of a stone, and 
every one would object to inviting; the 
trades union of masons to lay the stone, 
if for no other reason than that the 
Church in its official capacity ought not 
to decide between union and non-tuiion 

"Another reason is that a secret frater- 
nity, parading with its music and re- 
galia and acting under its own forms, 
tends greatly to diminish reverent at- 
tention to the solemn ceremonies of the 
Church of Jesus Christ ; all connected 
with it makes it, and not the Church of 
Christ, the central figure of the occasion. 

"Still another objection is that it tends 
to destroy the sense of the supremacy of 
the Christian Church to every institution 
of human origin. 

"Through the political influence of its 
members, the Masonic fraternity has 
often laid the corner-stone of a court- 
house, school buildings, and other socie- 
ties, but this is no reason why it should 
be introduced for such purposes in con- 
nection with the services of the Church. 
It contributes to the idea, already too 
common, that a secret societv, if it has 

October, .1911. 



a liturgy, may be made a substitute for 
church membership. 

''That the corner-stones of churches 
have been so laid, and that sometimes 
high dignitaries of the Church have 
marched in the procession, performing 
their functions as Christian ministers and 
at the same time wearing the regalia of 
a secret society, is true ; but it was an 
aberration of judgment on their part, 
and has usually brought religion into 
contempt, and left a deep and permanent 
feeling in many minds. Indeed, in one 
community it caused a withdrawal of 
one hundred and fifty members from our 
Church, most of whom were not on prin- 
ciple opposed to secret societies, and sev- 
eral of whom were members of the or- 
der of Masons, but who considered the 
Church ignored, and the introduction of 
an outside organization of strictly human 
origin and limitations an imposition." 

As to using a Methodist Church for 
Masonic entertainments, the Christian 
Advocate says : 

"Recently one of our Methodist 
churches was used by a commandery of 
Knights Templar for the installation of 
the officers of the order. 

"Afterward the same knights and their 
ladies sat down to a sumptuous banquet 
prepared by the ladies of the church. 
Toasts such as are usual on such occa- 
sions were responded to, bristling with 
wit and here and there moistened with 

"No doubt it w^as a pleasant occasion ; 
no doubt it was u^hoUy improper in a 
church ; no doubt it is an outrage upon 
such members of the church as do not 
believe in secret societies, to use the 
building for such purposes ; no doubt it 
is a piece of inconsistency to allow it to 
one secret society and not to all ; no 
doubt there are many things being done 
to bring into contempt edifices dedicated 
t(^ the worship of Almighty God. 

"No doubt men of sense and women 
of sense, on reflection — imless they arc 
already so accustomed to the desecration 
of God's house as to be practically color- 
blinded on the subject — will agree with 
these sentiments. 

"No doubt many things can be found 
as inconsistent, Init no doubt that no more 
justifies things of this kind than the al- 

ready cracked panes of glass in a build- 
ing will justify the cracking of the rest. 

"No doubt we do not mean any par- 
ticular attack upon Masonry or any other 
secret society by this criticism of the mis- 
use of a church dedicated primarily and 
solely to the worship of Almighty God ; 
though no doubt some persons will think, 
and the unscruDulous will sav that we 

Just one more question and answer 
from the Christian Advocate: 

O. "At a recent Masonic celebration 
a Methodist minister made an address. 
The exercises were closed by singing the 
hymn, 'Blest be the Tie That Binds.' and 
the whole tenor of the minister's address 
was that the Masonic order was a kind 
of church, and if a person belonged to 
the order he did not need to belong to 
any church. What is the effect of the 
use of such a hymn and such remarks by 
a minister at such a time? 

A. "The effect is bad. There is not 
the slightest similarity between Masonry 
and a church. 

"The Church is founded by Jesus 
Christ; Masonry is a human institution. 
The Church makes regeneration a test 
of membership ; Masonry does not. The 
evangelical Christian Church requires a 
belief in Jesus Christ as God made mani- 
fest in the flesh; Masonry does not. 

"The evangelical Church has two sac- 
raments founded by Jesus Christ — Bap- 
tism and the Lord's Supper; Masonry 
has not. 

"The evangelical Church labors for the 
conversioii of men, holds prayer meet- 
higs and other meetings with that end 
in view, invites all men, women, and chil- 
dren, without distinction of race, and 
whatever may be their physical or social 
condition ; Masonry does not. The prin- 
ciple that unites Masons is a love for 
the order ; the principle that unites Chris- 
tians is a love for Clu-ist. It is true that 
Masons, in their liturgical forms, make 
references to God and to the Bible : but 
in order to admit I7nitarians and Univer- 
salists and deists of various forms, its 
prayers in general are not uttered in the 
name of Christ. The hymn referred to, 
"' 'Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love,' 
describes an exi>crieiice not necessarv to 



October, 1011. 

be a good Alason/ and which only those 
Masons have who are true Christians. 

"^Masonry mav be an important and 
useful society, we are not writing against 
it, but it is no iiiore a substitute for a 
church than a fire company or the Union 
League Club. 

"Of the right of ministers of the Gos- 
pel to belong to it, we say nothing ; but 
if thev do belong they should never so 
speak or act as to lead any one to suppose 
that in their opinion Masonry is any- 
thing but 'one of many human societies 
not worthy to be mentioned or thought 
of in comparison with the Church of 
Jesus Christ which he has purchased with 
His own blood.' " 

What may a minister gain by becom- 
ing a Freemason ? 

A member of the Wvoming Confer- 
ence thought of joining the order, and 
sought advice of a Mason in whom he 
had confidence as a Christian, giving as 
his reason for the step contemplated 
that he might have more power over men 

The man advised him, that if the rea- 
son named were his object, he would bet- 
ter not join, and the advice was followed. 

Most likely the chief thought that 
moves men to unite with the Masonic 
fraternity is that it will secure a kind of 
popularity and co-operation not to be at- 
tained in any other way. 

But the popularity thus gained is at 
great cost and of questionable quality. 
When a man joins Freemasons he gives 
a first mortgage on his friendship, and 
this special obligation places him out- 
side the pale of impartiality that James 
tells us is a characteristic of heavenly 
wisdom. (James, 3:17.) 

To the extent that he is found to give 
prefernce to the members of his secret 
fraternity he discounts his good will to 
all others, and virtually serves notice on 
them that they are relegated to an in- 
ferior relationship in his regard. 

This fact is recognized by those who 
hold no preferred stock through secret 
oaths, and it is small wonder if they 
stand together for the protection of their 
rights as against the powerful social 

But it is a lamentable fact that Free- 
masonry disturbs the fraternal relations 
of Christ's ministers, and even interferes 

in making assignments for work in the 
Master's vineyard, as indicated in an 
item above cjuoted from the Christian 
Advocate. Trouble is made for the Dis- 
trict Superintendent who wants to do the 
fair thing for both preacher and charge. 
On the one hand he is asked to send no 
oathbound pastor to a certain charge, 
and on the other hand the oathbound 
man is sought, and retained beyond his 
usefulness to the place by the action of 
his lodge brethren. 

And it should be remembered that 
7vhat is gained by lodge inMiience rather 
than by ability and fitness, is secured and 
held dishonestly, as it belongs to one 
more deserving and capable. 

Another point named in one of the 
quotations from the Christian Advocate 
calls attention to the fact that members 
of secret societies on trial receive spe- 
cial help from ministers who are affiliated 
with them. 

We recently had a demonstration of 
this influence in the Wyoming Confer- 
ence. The committee on the case de- 
clared the specifications and charge sus- 
tained, but hesitated to affix the proper 
penalty. There was delay and adjourn- 
ment, and still further delay ; and finally 
a lesser penalty than the findings de- 
manded was anonunced. 

After the committee finally adjourned 
a member of the same informed the 
chairman that Masonry had caused the 
trouble, and gave the names of those 
connected with the trial who were mem- 
bers of the fraternity. 

Asked if he were a Mason he answered 
in the affirmative. 

Freemasonry makes strange compan- 
ions indeed, and the fact of being un- 
equally yoked together seems to be en- 
tirely ignored, as the following report 
indicates : 

"One of our Bishops visited the Meth- 
odist Missions in India a few years since, 
and was feted and feasted by the Masons 
of Ceylon. In Calcutta no such honor 
was accorded him, and he told the delin- 
quent friends at dinner table of the mag- 
nificent way he was received as a high 
Mason among 'Ceylon's spicy breezes,' 
not forgetting to mention that Calcutta 
had not risen to its privileges so noblv. 

''An elder brother who was once a Ma- 

October, J 911. 



son took the Bishop to one side and in 
great confidence said : 'Bishop, if I 
were you I would not mention that Cey- 
lon affair any more in India.' The Bish- 
op inquired, 'Why?' 'Well,' answered 
the brother, 'they are not a very respec- 
table lot out here in India to associate 
with.' " 

It seems strange that a Bishop of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church would cher- 
ish a desire for any honor that Freema- 
sonry might be able to confer. 

Having furnished convincing evidence 
that Freemasonry is against Christianity, 
I desire to close with questions for the 
consideration of my Masonic brethren : 
Does Freemasonry add any excellence 
whatever to the character of a genuine 
Christian? And does it in any measure 
or manner improve the qualifications of 
a true minister of Jesus Christ? 

820 Prescott Ave., Scranton, Pennsyl- 

nm ©ur ItatL 


Myself and wife have just closed our 
Summer Union Evangelistic Tent Cam- 
paign in Saginaw, Michigan. It was a 
fierce, but victorious battle. Most of the 
city pastors were out of the city on 
their vacations and many of the churches 
were closed on Sunday nights, but the 
places of vice and crime were open and 
multitudes thronged the beer gardens, 
the theaters and saloons. But with God 
we held the fort, preaching day and 
night to all who cared to hear. Our op- 
position to the Lodge System caused no 
small stir. 

Great work was accomplished among 
the children and young people, and in 
the Mother's Meetings held by Mrs. 
Shaw in various parts of the city. In 
addition to the meetings held in the 
churches and mission halls, we preached 
in the big tent night and day for six 
weeks. We saw much of the old-time 
power and glory, and a goodly number 
were converted, reclaimed and brought 
nearer to God. Many of the people that 
attended our meetings were converted 
or reclaimed in the revivals we held in 
Saginaw a quarter of a century ago. The 

All-day Prayer Meetings were largely 
attended and were times of great power. 
These meetings were held every Friday, 
and now that we have left they will be 
held once a month. 

The last Sunday before returning home 
we drove into the country eight miles 
and held half a dozen services in the 
Wesleyan Methodist church, where we 
saw a glorious victory. A few prayed 
through and were saved from the power 
of sin. It was at this place that God 
gave us such a glorious harvest of souls 
many years ago, when nearly one hun- 
dred were saved or cleansed from all 
sin, in less than twO' weeks. Pray for 
the work of God in Saginaw and sur- 
rounding country. 

Yours in Christian love, 

S. B. Shaw. 

Grand Rapids, Mich. 


An Ohio Synod German periodical re- 
ports that Jos. E. Moscombe, editor of 
The American Freemason, states that 
Emperor William of Germany is not a 
Freemason, although his father and 
grandfather were; indeed the Emperor 
is credited with a feeling of, if not actual 
hostility, yet of contempt for the lodge. 
The latest proof of this attitude came to 
light in the reproduction of Mozart's 
"Zauberfloete," (charmed flute). This 
opera contains many allusions to the 
lodge and was written in honor of Ma- 
sonry. The Emperor ordered all such 
allusions to be expunged. 

The same article states that King 
George of England is not a Mason and 
is supposed to be unfavorable to tlie 
lodge. W. B. S. 

Some formal prayers are like talking 
through the telephone and no one at the 
other end to answer. It's a one-sided af- 
fair. God says, "Incline your ear, come 
unto Me, hear and your soul shall live." 
You repent of your sins and straighten 
out your life and central will ring up 
and connect vou with the Almiirhtv 

A loving trust in the Author of the 
Bible is the best preparation for a wise 
and profitable study of the Bible itself.— 
H. C. Trumbull . 



October. 1911. 

Cl)c ^otoer of tl)e Secret Cmptre 

IB2 ^is)5 ©♦ ©» JFiaee 

History Repeats Itself. 

The community at large looked upon 
the speedy conviction of Jervish as a 
matter of course, and when the time ar- 
rived for the court to sit on the case the 
public mind had quieted down from its 
state of excitement to one of compara- 
tive apathy. Against such overwhelming 
evidence what possible chance for any 
verdict but guilty ? 

Anson Lovejoy thought otherwise. 

"The lodge is bound to clear Jervish," 
he said to me one day when the subject 
of the approaching trial happened to be 
mentioned. "And they will do it." 

Even I, wdio knew so well what Ma- 
sonic craft and guile is capable of in the 
way of perverting justice, was surprised 
at the positiveness wdth which he spoke. 

"Impossible!" I said. "No plainer 
case of guilt ever came before a jury." 

"That may be," answered Lovejoy 
with a little touch of satire, "but yoti will 
find that when a fourth or even less of 
the jurv wear Masonic spectacles to as- 
sist their imderstandings the plainest 
cases have a faculty of growing strange- 
ly involved. Colonel Montfort and the 
other members of the lodge have a per- 
sonal stake in this affair quite outside of 
any particular interest they may feel 
in jervish. It is a kind of a test 
question. They want to prove to the 
world and to themselves that Masonry 
is strong enough to spread its protect- 
ing wing over the vilest criminal and 
then defy the hand of the law to reach 
him. My word for it, Sheriff Simonds 
will fill out the jury with Masons and 
Odd Fellows to a man ; with possibly one 
who is neither Mason nor Odd Fellow, 
but whose sympathies or connections are 
all with the lodge, put in simply for a 
blinder to the public — nothing more." 

I started, for this was the same dodge 
that had been played so often and so 
successfully in the Morgan trials forty 
years before. What should hinder its 

working equally well in the present in- 

The widespread notoriety of the case 
attracted an unusually large number to 
hear the trial, and each day of the pro- 
ceedings a crowded court room attested 
to the interest it had excited. The wit- 
ness against Maurice Jervish was clear 
and conclusive ; the testimony in his fa- 
vor slight and open to serious doubt from 
the character of the witnesses or the 
suspicion that lodge influence had been 
at work, especially with Mrs. Peck, who 
swore positively to having no knowledge 
where Mary Lyman went on the night 
she left the house, or in whose company ; 
but was believed by every candid person 
to have perjured herself under terror in- 
spired by her husband, who knew very 
well how to use the peculiar arguments 
of the lodge with most impressive effect 
on his weak-minded partner. 

Lovejoy's prophecy had proved true 
to the letter in relation to Sheriff Si- 
monds, who filled out the jury with four 
Masons and one Odd Fellow% together 
with a sixth who was neither a Alason 
nor an Odd Fellow, but a warm personal 
friend of the prisoner! And so the case 
proceeded — a great deal of tedious quib- 
bling and impudent brow-beating of wit- 
nesses from the Masonic lawyer who 
was counsel for the accused, and did his 
best, though signally failing in the at- 
tempt — for there are some things beyond 
even the power of falsehood — to repre- 
sent the whole affair as a malicious perse- 
cution of his client. And then, the evi- 
dence all being in, the departure of the 
jury to render their decision — guilty or 
not guilty. 

I remember with what hushed expect- 
ancy we waited for the verdict ; how in 
the stillness of the court room the jury's 
returning footsteps after their brief ab- 
sence sounded painfully loud. And I re- 
member, too, the half-stunned, half-sick 
feeling that came over me, as if I saw 
Justice stabbed to the heart and was 
forced to stand by when the death-blow, ]nu. 



was struck as the foreman pronounced 
their decision — 
"Not Guilty!" 

The lodge had triumphed. Mary Ly- 
man's murderer was free. 

Astounded, inchgnant, ahiiost question- 
ing whether my ears had heard aright, I 
hstened to the giving of the verdict, 
which was fohowed by loud applause 
from Colonel Montfort's adherents, who 
closed around Jervish and bore him away 
like a conquering hero. It was the same 
scene with which the court rooms of 
western New York grew so familiar in 
1826 and the four years succeeding. It 
was history repeated, a Masonic jury 
setting aside the plainest evidence for 
testimony that bore the stamp of perjury 
on its very face ; law helpless under the 
heel of the lodge, and the same exultant 
rallying around the murderer. 

Rachel was silent for a moment after 
I told her the result of the trial ; then 
she bowed her head on her clasped hands 
with a sound that was half a groan, half 
a sob. 

"Mother!" I said, gently. 
"I can't help it," she answered. ''Shall 
secret iniquity triumph forever? I feel 
as if I could call upon God as the prophet 
did to rend the heaven and come down." 
"But there is a day of reckoning com- 
ing, you forget that, mother." 

"No, I don't forget it, but it seems 
such a great wav off. What my heart 
cries out for is justice now. It will be 
a ;'«itis faction to the universe no doubt 
when this wretch gets his deserts at the 
day of judgment, though it be a million 
years he^ce, but thinking of that will 
never reconcile me to his going free of 
jnmishment here. His acquittal is a 
standing menace to the peace and virtue 
of every home. If the lodge can defy 
law at one time and in one place it can 
at other times and in other places — and 
what is more, it will." 

"Well," said Anson Lovejoy, who had 
come in to talk over the result of the trial, 
"Colonel Montfort and his party triumph 
openly and shamelessly in the fact that 
they have cleared Jervish. At this very 
moment some of the jury are over at 
the tavern having a grand drinking fud- 
dle in honor of their victory. Colonel 
Montfort, I understand, is preparing a 
garbled report of the affair for a Chi- 
cago daily, in which he will represent 

Jervish as a cruelly attacked victim of a 
malicious anti-Masonic persecution, 
winding uj) with a glowing account of his 
triumphant vindication before the jury. 
1 am rather glad he is going to do so, for 
it will give me a chance to reply. The 
real facts of the case should be placed 
before the people and signed by com- 
petent witnesses, so that every honest 
man and woman who reads it sliall be 
convinced on which side tiie truth lies." 
"That is a good idea if you can get 
such an article inserted," I an.-;\vered, 
with a vivid remembrance of tlie times 
now grown so distant and shadov/y, 
when from one end of the land to the 
other scarce a paper dared to print an 
account of Morgan's abduction ; when, 
deaf alike to the appeals of outraged hu- 
manity and violated law, editors almost 
everywhere resolutelv closed their col- 
lums to the whole subject, presenting that 
saddest- of spectacles in a land of free- 
dom — an enslaved press. 

"Oh ! I think there will be no difficulty 
about that," returned Lovejoy. "After 
publishing one side of the affair they 
couldn't for decency's sake refuse to pub- 
lish the other." 

"How is your trial before the grand 
lodge coming out?" I inquired. 

"I hardly know yet. I sent my defense 
in writing, for I could not spare the 
money to go in person, and besides I 
have ceased to consider myself as being 
under the jurisdiction of the lodge. They 
appointed a committee of three to investi- 
gate the charges against me and report 
to the grand master. As this committee 
was composed of an ex-governor and two 
ministers, I naturally supposed that I 
should receive gentlemanlv treatment 
from their hands — at least courtesy and 
common fairness. Rut this was not the 
case. They refused to hear any testi- 
mony but that of my accusers, and con- 
ducted the investigation, which was the 
merest farce from beginning to end, more 
in the spirit of examining members of 
the inquisition than anything else. I 
presume they rej)orted adversely : I nei- 
ther know nor care. Nor shall I wait 
for the decision of the grand master ; I 
have already sent in my renunciation and 
my reasons for doing so which are sub- 
stantially these — T find that every Mason 
is under obligation to conceal a brother 
ATason's crime ; that the greater the crime 



October, 1911. 

the strong-er the obligation to conceal it ; 
that the lodge has the power of life and 
death over its members ; and that if any 
member knows of his intended assassina- 
tion he has no right to use any other 
means of safety than his own physical 
force or keeping out of the way.' " 

Lovejov spoke with slow, solemn em- 
phasis. He had learned at last the les- 
son that Mark and I learned two score 
years before from a page stained with 
martyr's blood and blotted with the tears 
of the widow. The iron had entered into 
his soul. 

Elder Stedman had already delivered 
one or two anti-Masonic lectures with- 
out encountering any very serious oppo- 
sition. Another was advertised to be 
given in the Quipaw Creek school house 
on Thursday evening of this same week. 

The party at the tavern had a chance 
to see the notice, which was put up in a 
conspicuous corner of the public room, 
and make their own peculiar comments 
thereon. But remembering that my read- 
ers' ears are unaccustomed to vulgarity 
and profaneness, I shall only transcribe 
that part of their talk which is of im- 
mediate interest in view of the events 
that are to follow. 

Colonel Montfort himself was pledged 
to settle the score, and under the pleasant 
stimulus of this recollection there was a 
general drinking to the health of the gal- 
lant colonel. 

"Come, boys, now for a rouser," said 
the leader, as he again filled up his glass. 
"Here's to Maurice Jervish, the brave 
and innocent." 

The toast was responded to with 
drunken enthusiasm and in nauseating 
triumph every glass was drained. 

Reader, when the lodge has reached 
what it takes a good deal of pains to in- 
form us through its orators on St. John's 
day and other appropriate occasions, is 
its ultimate aim and object ; when it rules 
the whole of our beloved country from 
New England to the Sierras ; when it 
elects all our public officers from presi- 
dent and governor downwards ; when it 
pulls the wires at every political conven- 
tion and caucus and controls every town 
meeting ; in those palmy days a man may 
do that which is right in his own eyes ; 
he may seduce, murder, rob, cheat, com- 
mit all the crimes in the decalogue, only 
provided that he has first had the fore- 

sig'ht to learn a few Masonic signs and 
grips, and has likewise had the discrim- 
ination to select his victims entirely from 
the ranks of cowans and outsiders. A 
possibility that by that time so many will 
join the lodge from motives of self-pro- 
tection as to seriously limit the field of 
operations would seem at first a slight 
obstacle in the way of this cheerful pros- 
pect. But all the difficulty rises from a 
superficial view of the subject. There 
will always be the cowan in the land ; 
men too poor or too shiftless to pay the 
lodge dues ; men too independent to sur- 
render their liberty to a secret despotism ; 
humble followers of the Lord who refuse 
to bow to antichrist ; besides cripples 
and minors, to say nothing of the whole 
female sex barred out by circumstance or 
accident from the tender charities of the 

Now, as the above mentioned classes, 
taken together, form, at a moderate es- 
timate, considerably more than two-thirds 
of the world's population it will be read- 
ily seen that the time is not likely ever to 
arrive when Masonry shall be restricted 
in its operations by too narrow a field 

But we will leave dipping into the fu- 
ture and go back to the party gathered 
at the tavern who had been drinking just 
freely enough to be primed for rowdy- 

"I say, let's go over to Quipaw tonight 
and shut the mouth of that confounded 
Methodist parson," proposed one. "The 
old rascal needs a lesson. Why don't he 
stick to his business and let other things 

"That's so," was the ready response 
of another "He ought to be treated to a 
coat of tar and feathers, ranting up and 
down the country, making trouble in the 
family and setting wives against their 
husbands. Now my wife hates Masonry 
like the devil, and ever since she heard 
that confounded fellow lecture she's been 
worse about it. Now I say that Masonry 
ain't a part of a preacher's business. He 
ought to stick to the Gospel. That's 
what ministers are for." 

It is astonishing, reader, the unanimity 
of opinion that sometimes exists between 
two very opposite classes of men. The 
drunken rowdy who gave utterance to 
the above edifying sentiments was of ex- 
actly the same mind with the Rev. Dr. 

October, 1911. 



Easy, who was at that very moment ex- 
pressing to one of the deacons of his 
church his sorrow that Bro. Stedman 
should leave his legitimate business of 
saving souls to attack such a respectable 
institution as Freemasonry, with which 
so many worthy men were connected. 

Meanwhile the Elder was lifting up 
his heart in prayer for strength to stand 
firm against the enemies of the truth ; 
for a spirit of meekness and charity to- 
wards all who should oppose ; for the 
presence of Jesus Christ to go with him 
in might and power, directing the battle 
to a glorious victory over the hosts of 
Baal for the honor of his precious name 
and the hastening of his day of Millen- 
nial triumph. 

The Elder rose from his knees and 
walked to the place appointed, calm as 
the summer sunset. He would have 
been calm if he had known that he was 
to encounter a raging mob ready to tear 
him in pieces. Into that eternal fortress 
where the righteous run and are safe, 
his soul had entered. Girded from Je- 
hovah's celestial armory, with the sword 
of truth in his hand that forty years of 
constant warfare had only whetted to 
a keen edge, why should he fear the face 
of mortal man? 

He began his lecture, which was on 
the relation of the Christian religion to 
Masonry, in a comparatiAX quiet. It 
was a rather miscellaneous audience ; a 
few earnest, intelligent men and women 
met to learn what they could about a 
system which pretends to hold in its 
keeping ineffable secrets impossible to 
be discovered by profane gaze, vet with 
curious inconsistency binds all its mem- 
bers under awful oaths never to reveal 
the unrevealable ! A few drawn by cu- 
riosity ; and a considerable number, 
among whom was the party from the 
tavern, whose only design in coming^ was 
to disturb the meeting" and mob the 

In the course of his argument he first 
described in a few brief, fitting words, 
the nature and essence of true religion, 
on which followed naturally a counter 
description of Masonry. Here the Elder 
began to tread on dangerous ground. So 
long as he kept to generalities they could 
pfford to listen with tolerable equanimitv. 
Thev could even bear to be told that the 

lodge was an emanation from the smoke 
of the bottomless pit ; a low, cunning 
caricature of Christianity, a revival of the 
worship of Baal and Tammuz, and every 
other heathen deity mentioned in Scrip- 
ture. But when in order to prove these 
statements he began a rapid review of ■ 
the lodge ceremonies, the stripping, the 
hoodwink, the cable-tow, and the muck 
killing and raising to life again of the 
widow's son, they felt that it was high 
time to rally to the su])])ort of the ancient 
and venerable handmaid thus ruthlessly 
despoiled of all that borrowed attire in 
which her heart deligiited 

"You are perjured !" shouted a voice 
in the audience. 

"In what way?" mildh- inquired tlie 

The man was about to answer, "By 
telling our secrets," but the liquor he 
had drunk had not so far muddled his 
brains that he did not bethink himself 
in time, and as he had not taken the pre- 
caution to "fill his mouth w^th argu- 
ments" beforehand, having filled his 
pockets instead with another kind of ar- 
gument very much in vogue with the op- 
ponents of unpopular reform, he con- 
tented himself with simply reiterating, 
"You are perjured," and sat down. 

The Elder, however, was armed cap- 
a-pie against all such attacks. 

"I am perjured, then, because I tell 
the truth about Masonry. If I was tell- 
ing falsehoods it wouldn't be ])erjury. 
Now," added the Elder, turning- to his 
audience, "this man who has just inter- 
rupted me is sworn 'ever to conceal and 
never reveal' the secrets of the order; 
but he has just revealed them by the 
very act of applying to me such a term. 
Which of us, then, is perjured? I speak 
as to wise men. ludee ve." 

But at this point the speaker's voice 
was drowned in a storm of hissings, 
hootings, stampings and yellings. while 
showers of rotten eggs bespattered him 
liberally from head to foot. The wild 
elements were let loose. Raging waves 
of the sea. foaming out their own shame, 
is no rapt description of the scene that 

The Elder, after a vain attempt to con- 
tinue speaking, dismissed the audience 
as well as he could, and the respectable 
part dispersed. He himself remained 



October, 1911. 

behind to gather up his books. This 
o-ave time "for a crowd of infuriated 
Masons to close about the platform, and 
Surround him like a cordon of wild 
beasts, with cries of "Bring a rail, eg;g- 
him, feather him, shoot him." But then- 
most outrageous demonstrations of in- 
sult and violence did not cause a ripple 
in that heavenly calm which pervaded 
the Elder's soul. 

To long to suffer for the truth's sake 
i^ in some souls almost a natural instinct. 
It was so with Mark Stedman. He was 
born with those qualities that make a 
^^-lai-tvr— dauntless courage and intense 
loyaltv to his convictions. And if we 
add to this the fact of all those long 
years of service for his Master, deaden- 
ing everv ease-loving, self-interested 
fib're in his nature ; but quickening in the 
same ratio every heavenly impulse of 
his soul, till the ordinary motives that 
sway men had scarcely more influence 
over him than if he had been a glorified 
spirit, it will be readily seen that if their 
object was to frighten the Elder, he 
was about the worst possible subject they 
could have selected for such an experi- 

"Mv friends," he said, mildly, "y^^i see 
that lam powerless ; you can do with me 
what you choose. You can take my life, 
God rules in Heaven, and the truth will 
triumph all the same— perhaps quicker. 
:Mv soul is in His keeping; you cannot 
harm the truth, and you cannot harm 

The mob was silent for an instant, 
overawed by the meek daring of this 
servant of God ; then their rage broke out 
anew in redoubled yells and fresh threats 
of violence. Suddenly a man among the 
crowd whose features were partly con- 
cealed by a hat that he wore, either by 
accident or design, pretty well over his 
eyes, leaped on the platform, and with 
one quick movement extinguished the 
lights. The same friendly hand seized on 
the Elder, who by the diversion thus 
made, and with the aid of his unknown 
helper, managed in the darkness and con- 
fusion to make his escape. 

It was Anson Lovejoy, who had seen 
the notice and made up his mind to at- 
tend the lecture, half surmising that there 
mio-ht be trouble. Bv mingling with the 

mob as if one of them, he had executed 
his bold maneuver, and the Elder went 
home unharmed in person and not a 
whit discouraged in soul. 

"The wrath of man shall praise him, 
and tlie remainder he will restrain," said 
Mark, in talking over the affair a few 
days after. "Outrage and violence never 
really hinder the progress of the truth. 
I believe more Antimasons were made 
by that lecture than by the two others 
that passed off quietly." 

"And it would make still more," said 
Lovejoy, "if the press were not so com- 
pletely dominated by Masonic influence 
that the most daring attempt to suppress 
free speech passes unnoticed. That Chi- 
cago Journal has actually refused to pub- 
lish the contradiction to Colonel Mont- 
fort's article, though signed by candid, 
intelligent men who were on the coro- 
ner's jury and knew all the facts of the 

"Well," said I, "editors and ministers 
are, of all men, most timid about touch- 
ing anything that savors of reform. The 
lodge has pretty much the same argument 
for both. Editors don't want to displease 
their Masonic patrons and lose thereby a 
part of their bread and butter. Ministers 
don't want to preach an unpopular re- 
form and so run the risk of losing a 
slice off their salaries. And considering 
what a poor, weak concern human n'ature 
is, even at its best, I can't say I much 
wonder at it." 

"Do you know that a professed minis- 
ter of the Gospel was foremost in the 
riotous demonstrations the other night?" 
said Lovejoy. "I tell you while min- 
isters and church members support Ma- 
sonry the system will stand. And fur- 
thermore, so long as ministers and church 
members who are not Masons think it 
is a good institution, so long as thev will 
excuse and defend it, so^ long it will be 
impossible to overthrow it." 

"I have been thinking of bringing up 
the subject before our next Quarterly 
Conference," said the Elder. "If the 
church is ever to cast this viper out of 
her bosom it must be through agitation 
from within. If reform does not begin 
at the house of God, judgment surely 

(To be continued.) 

October, 1911. 





Laws lately proposed in several legis- 
latures appear likely to be followed in 
various states by similar attempts to re- 
strict freedom of speech and the press. 
If there is a concerted movement, it will 
be strongly supported by powerful forces. 
An accumulating mass of legislation will 
be reinforced by judicial precedent and 
executive confirmation. If nothing re- 
sists, all this will happen. 

It would be rather easy, however, to 
make the path hard. More ways than 
one to obstruct the track are not difficult 
to find. Yet there are ways to walk in, 
and not merely places to talk in. It will 
not answer to content ourselves with 
declaiming against opposition to the spirit 
of a federal or a state constitution. We 
should act efficiently ; and we can. 

With what weapon, then, shall they be 
armed who fight against this darkness ? 
With light. What gun is the false foe 
trying to spike? Truth. Cannot our own 
forces learn from the enemy? Will they 
run the press faster which the forces of 
silence and dark secrecy are trying to 
stop ? At what do they who cower in 
lodges tremble? They know that free 
speech is effective speech. Having sworn 
each other not to speak or write openly, 
they turn to attempt binding civil law 
over the lips of free Americans. They 
recognize free speech and the free press 
as dangerous to error. They are right. 

Their consciousness of danger is a 
true guide to our campaign. Eagerness 
to fortify a vulnerable part of their fort- 
ress marks out for us the point of ad- 
vantageous attack. The serpent secrecy 
is like the black snake which poising its 
head in front of a gun looks straight at 
the muzzle, taking perfect aim for itself 
so that the most unskilled hunter blows 
its head off. 

Knowing, then, this crisis, and the 
simple, direct means of meeting it. what, 
now, will our readers proceed to do? 
Will they only wait to see what we do? 
Doubtless some of them find light in the 
Cynosure — named for the Polar star. 
How far does this candle throw its 
beams? Where and how is its light ob- 
scured ? Such questions are in point at 
such a time. We write the articles ; we 
print the magazine ; it is our readers who 
have the circulation in their own hands. 
Circulation is on the firing line. Sub- 
scription is close to the point of execu- 

Now, one dollar sends the magazine to 
four addresses a quarter of a year; a 
quarter of a dollar sends it to one ad- 
dress for the same time. As soon, then, 
as a muffler bill is proposed in any state, 
its appearance should be the signal for 
multiplying such subscriptions by mem- 
bers of churches and other patriots. A 
shower of unasked and unexpected copies 
would thus be scattered over the com- 
monwealth. Members of that legislature 
which must consider the anti-free-press 
bill would soon learn that their constitu- 
ents had suddenly become well informed. 
The lodge, too, will discover that as soon 
as its first shot is fired, the fortress of 
truth replies with an exploding shower of 
missiles enlightening all the field. It will 
learn that the quickest way to light the 
lamp of exposure is to kindle the torch 
of legislative destruction of constitutional 
liberty. It will pause and ponder before 
intruding into the next state with mediae- 
val legislation. It w^ill learn that inevit- 
able punishment is prompt and severe. 
It must soon be well aware that the in- 
famy to be blanketed is suddenly much 
the more uncovered in full sight of the 
electoral constituency. 

We have thus indicated one of several 
things that can be done. Is it one that 
ought to be done? If so, who ought to 
do it? If it is the friends of light, they 
should hasten to be organized, or at 
least to have a common understanding of 
what they will do. At signal, they ought 
to be ready to march and overwhelm the 
forces lurking in lodge ravines. There 
may be danger that darkness will deepen ; 
there should 1)e no danger that light will 
not broaden. 



October, 1911. 

|letti0 of ®ur Port. 


The annual Antisecret Conference of 
the ^Michigan Christian Association, op- 
posed to secret societies, will be held 
this year in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Wed- 
nesday and Thursday, October 4th and 
5th. All sessions except that of Thurs- 
day evenino- will be in the Third Chris- 
tian Reformed Church, corner of Wal- 
nut and Park streets ; the Thursday eve- 
ning meeting will be in the First Chris- 
tian Reformed Church, corner of Wal- 
nut and John streets. Following is a 
condensed program of the Conference : 

Wednesday, 2 :oo p. m. Opening ex- 
ercises by Pres. A. B. Bowman ; confer- 
ence ; written reports of officers ; appoint- 
ment of committees ; paper by Rev. J. 
W. Brink, "A Distorted Text;" devo- 
tional exercises. 

W^EDNESDAY, 7 45 p. m. Rev. A. R. 
Merrill, chairman. Devotional exer- 
cises — special prayer for the National 
and State Associations ; singing by choir 
of the Third Christian Reformed Church, 
address of welcome by Rev. S. Elders- 
veld, response by Pres. A. B. Bowman, 
address by Dr. W. H. Clay, "The Lead- 
ership of the Lodgery" ; opportunity to 
put questions to Dr. Clay, singing by 
the congregation, a collection being taken 
meanw hile ; address by Rev. J. J. Hie- 
menga, ''The Lodge System Essentially 
a Religion" ; opportunity to put ques- 
tions to Rev. Hiemenga, singing by choir 
of the Third church, devotional exercises 
conducted by the chairman. 

Thursday, 9 :3o a. m. Rev. J. W. 
Brink, chairman. Devotional exercises 
at request of the chairman, reading of 
minutes, echoes from the Annual Con- 
vention of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation, reading of letters and testimon- 
ials, Seceders' Parliament — short ad- 
dresses — led by Rev. J. E. Harwood ; de- 
votional exercises conducted by the 

Thursday, 2 :oo p. m. Rev. J. E. 
Harwood, chairman. Devotional exer- 
cises at request of the chairman ; read- 
ing of minutes, reports of committees, 
election of officers, singing by congrega- 
tion and collection, address bv Rev. A. 

R. Merrill, "High School and College 
Fraternities" ; opportunity to put ques- 
tions to Rev. Merrill, Round Table and 
discussion of methods of work, led by 
Dr. Charles A. Blanchard. 

Thursday^ 7 45 p. m. Rev. S. Elders- 
veld, chairman. Devotional exercises at 
request of the chairman, music by 
chorus, address by Dr. Charles A. 
Blanchard, "Christian Ministers and 
Secret Societies" ; opportunity to put 
questions to Dr. Blanchard ; singing 
by congregation and collection, ad- 
dress, in Holland language, by Rev. 
S. Eldersveld, "Den Invloed der 
Loge op het Amerikaansch Kerklijk 
Leven" ; opportunity to put questions to 
Rev. Eldersveld, music by choir, closing 
remarks by the President and devo- 
tional exercises. 

Belief ontaine, Ohio, Aug. 14 and 15, 1911. 

In the absence of the President, W. S. 
Gottshall, of BlufTton, O., Wm. L Phil- 
lips, of Chicago, was appointed Chair- 
man of first session. 

Devotional exercises were conducted 
by J. J. Warye, of West Liberty, O., 
reading 2 Cor., 6, as a scripture lesson, 
and offering earnest prayer to our Fa- 

Elder B. F. Snyder gave the "Wel- 
come Address" in behalf of the church 
entertaining the Conference, and W. B. 
Stoddard the "Response." Both speak- 
ers were very earnest in their support of 
the work. 

The address, "Should the Church Tol- 
erate the Lodge?" by J. E. Hartzler, of 
Elkhart, Ind., was the principal feature 
of the evening's program. 

Those who have, on former occasions, 
heard him speak on this subject, know 
something of the treat enjoyed. 

First the Principles, Oaths and Obliga- 
tions of Secret Orders were exposed, as 
well as the penalties attached to the vio- 
lation of any of these oaths as prescribed 
by the various lodges. 

The Lodge was pictured as being dis- 
honest, deceitful and untrustworthy, 
these points being then carefully proven. 
Arguments of Lodge men were then an- 
swered, showing the falsity of arguments 

October, 1911. 



so often presented by those favoring the 
Secret Order System. 

Committees were then appointed on 
Resolutions, on State Work and on 

Offering- was then taken, and audience 
dismissed by prayer by C. A. Blanchard. 
Tuesday Morning Session. 

Conference called to order bv Pres. W. 
S. Gottshall, of Bluffton, Ohio. 

Devotional conducted by Rev. H. R. 
Smith, Leonardsburg, O., Scripture 
reading, i John, 4. Prayer by several 
active workers. 

Letters of greeting were read from the 
following interested workers : 

S. P. Long, H. R. Smith, S. P. Over- 
holtz, O. L. Smith, Oscar Allebaugh, J. 
E. Hartzler, Anna E. Stoddard, H. A. 
Day, Thos. Weyer, J. M. Scott, H. A. 
Thompson, W. J- Sanderson, Jos. Hoff- 
hines, and L J. Rosenberger. 

Committee on State Work made their 
report, which was accepted by the meet- 


Attention was called to the fact that 
the work being done bore no comparison 
to the need. 

''My people are gone into captivity for 
want of knowledge" was never more true 
than it is to-day ; however, increased 
number of subscriptions to the ''Chris- 
tian Cynosure" was reported, and many 
signs of an awakening noted. 

Report of Einance Committee was 
then submitted, and approved by the 

Committee on Nominations submitted 
their report, and the following officers 
were declared elected for the ensuing 

President, W. S. Gottshall, Bluffton, 
Ohio ; Vice-President, P. E. Brunk, Eli- 
da, Ohio ; Secretary, Mary L. Cook, 
Bellefontaine, Ohio; Treasurer, J. M. 
Faris, Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

A very able address was then given 
by W. J. Sanderson, of Cedarville, Ohio. 
Theme : "Lodge Goodness." 

The much boasted charity, brother- 
hood, professed light and illumination, 
morality and religion of the Lodge was 
mentioned, but "things are not aluravs 
what they seem." 

Secrecy in this world stands for dark- 
ness. Everything that is slv, mean and 

d(5shonest always seeks the covert of 

''Lodge Goodness" is not what it seems 
to be. The whitewash used on the se- 
pulchres in the time of Christ is not all 
consumed yet. 

Come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord of Hosts, and I 
will be with you, and I will be your God, 
and ye shall be my people. 

Forenoon session was closed by pra\er 
offered by H. A. Studebaker. 
Afternoon Session. 

Devotional conducted Ijy P. E. I-irunk, 
of Elida, Ohio, reading Eph. 5:1-21, and 
leading in prayer for power and guid- 

Minutes of forenoon session \\'ere read 
and accepted. 

Address, "The Effects of the Lodge on 
Christian Life," by Wm. Dillon. Spring- 
field, Ohio. 

"The Lodge is sometimes called the 
handmaid of Christianity ; but T am 
jealous of handmaids. Sarah became 
tired of waiting God's time to send the 
promised son, hence gave her handmaid 
to Abraham, but it caused trouble." 

Lodge proposes salvation of man with- 
out any of the means the Bible pre- 

Christ's name is stricken from Lodge 
prayers, as well as from the Scriptures. 
Sad condition to rule Christ out. 

"If empty of religion, one can fill up 
on Lodges ; but, if full of religion, no 
room for Lodge." 

Capt. Scott, of Granville, O., an aged 
worker of the Association, gave an im- 
promptu, setting forth some personal ex- 
periences. "Masonry claims to free front 
sin ; if this be true, Christ died in vain." 
"We want true men, noble men who love 
truth, and who will give their lives if 
need be for the right.'' 

Address, "A Chart Talk — The Inside 
Out," by W: B. Stoddard, Washington, 
D. C. 

A Catalogue of Supplies for the ^lod- 
ern Woodmen Lodge was exposed to the 
public, setting forth the foolishness of 
the order. 

"The Lodge wants men that will ad- 
vertise, and is especially solicitous for 
the minister and other good people. 

"Preacher taken in free for advertise- 



October. 1911. 

"]\[r. ^lackey, a thirty-third degree 
IMason, who died in A\'ashington, D. C, 
printed a book as a help to feUow-Ma- 

This 1)Ook was in the hands of Air. 
Stoddard, who gave extracts from it. 

Christless Lodge prayers were men- 
tioned, also the fact that, while the Bi- 
ble was used in lodge-rooms in Christian 
lands, yet not so in IMohammedan coun- 

The chart used as an aid in giving this 
address riveted some points in the minds 
of the hearers as could have been done 
in no other way. 

The follo\\'ing report of Committee on 

Resolutions was read and adopted, item 

by item : 

Whereas, the Salvation of the Nation as 
well as the individual depends upon a right 
relationship to God ; and. 

Whereas there are within our country 
an increasing number of lodges that are 
fundamentally opposed to Christ, through 
whom ^^•e are brought into a saving rela- 
tionship -wilh God the Father, therefore 
be it 

Rcsoh'ed, I, Ir^ opposing that which an- 
tagonizes the Christian faith, we iind the 
Secret Lodge directly in our path; 

Res. IT As "no nation can continue to 
exist ])art sla\'e and part free." we believe 
our free institutions will be destroyed un- 
less the slavery found in the Secret Lodge 
he checked and destroyed; 

Res. 111. As the Church is the "light of 
the world." her membership should be free 
from all organizations leading into dark- 
ness and sin; 

Res. IV. We believe that Lodge initia- 
tions arc needless for good purposes, and 
are usually found to be foolish and wicked; 

Res. V. No Secret Lodge is recjuired to 
promote any benevolent object; 

Res. VI. The proper maintenance of the 
home demands the abolition of the Secret 
Lodge ; 

Res. VII. We are in favor of the Na- 
tional investigations into so-called trusts 
and combinations that naturally seek con- 
cealment because of their nature; VI IT The Labor Unions as com- 
monly conducted are allying themselves 
with the Secret Lodge System in spirit and 
conduct; therefore they should not be up- 
held by those leading the Christian life; 

Res. IX. We call upon all Christians to 
unite in giAdng forth light and truth as op- 
posed to the Lodge darkness and sin; and 
recommend the National Christian Associa- 
tion as an agency fitted frjr such united 

Res. X. That we counsel all churches in 
the State of Ohio, which are opposed to 
Secret Orders, to take an annual collection 

for the Ohio State Christian Association, 
and also for the National Christian Asso- 
ciation, and to send delegates to the an- 
nual meetings of both these associations; 

Res. XI. Thanks are due and are here- 
by given to the friends of the Church so 
kindly entertaming our meetirig; the pas- 
tors and papers who have given kindly no- 
tice, and all who have in any way contrib- 
uted to the success of this gathering. 

Committee on Resolutions. 

Rev. Sanderson dismissed this session 
with a very fitting word of prayer. 

Evening Session. 

Devotional conducted by S. E. Algyer, 
of West Liberty, O. Scripture, Psalm 
2/, w^as read, followed by a fervent 

Minutes of the afternoon session were 
read and accepted. 

Address, "The Effect of the Lodge on 
Our National Life," by Chas. A. Blan- 
chard, President of Wheaton College, 
Wheaton, 111. 

"What a Secret Society does to a de- 
cent Nation on one side of the Atlantic, 
it will do to a decent Nation on the 
other side ; hence, wdien I picture effects 
in America, I give effect on any other 
decent Nation.'' 

"Secret societies tend to rot out the 
manhood and womanhood of a Nation." 

"Most beautiful organization in the 
w^orld is a home wdiere a pure, nqble 
man loves a pure, noble wife, with pure, 
happy children playing about them. 
Lodge is destroying this picture." 

"Divorce record worse in the United 
States than in any other Nation of any 
age, unless it be that of the Roman Em- 
pire in the Dark Ages, when woman 
counted her age not by birthdays, but by 
the number of her marriages." 

"Judge in Iowa said, 'Nine-tenths of 
all evidence in the courts was open per- 
jury. In every court are found men with 
secret relations with other men.' 

"This country, our homes, are worth a 
big fight to preserve them." 

Session dismissed by prayer offered 
by J. M. Paris of Belief ontaine. 

Thus closed a meeting that has put 
men and women to thinking. May great 
results be attained. 

Mary L. Cook, 
Secretary pro tern. 

October, 1!lll. 




When we know that millions of Chris- 
tians and scores of churches are opposed 
to Masonr}', when we know that man}- 
pastors and laymen have been constrained 
after becoming converted to leave the 
lodge, when we know that Masons do 
boast of their order having shielded crim- 
inals, does it not appear that he who de- 
fends this order comes under the Mas- 
ter's "Woe," when He says, "Woe to 
that man by whom the offense cometh ?" 
If that Chicago pastor who criticised Dr. 
R. A. Torrey lacks the knowledge or 
courage to oppose lodge associations, 
which are objectionable alike to millions 
of his fellow Christians, and necessary 
to none, then, for the sake of His ac- 
count in the judgment day, he should not 
encourage any weak brother to join the 
Lodge, which he most certainly does by 
such a letter as that of his which was 
Dublished in the March number of the 

From what standpoint of theology, 
morals or logic does he make it wrong 
for a person to break a sinful oath or 
refuse to keep a sinful promise? Ought 
Herod to have kept his oath and killed 
John the Baptist, or ought he to have 
admitted that he did wrong in swearing 
to something of which he did not know ? 
Ought not Herod to have refused to add 
to his sin of the oath in keeping it ? I 
«im willing to be judged by this right 
standard myself. When unconverted I 
joined a lodge, I took its oath to keep 
secret its ways and work. I became a 
Christian, and my eyes were opened to 
the following wrongs : 

I. On being asked in whom one be- 
lieves as a candidate, he is supposed to 
answer, ''A Supreme Being." But Jesus 
says that he who does not have the Son, 
does not have the Father. 2. The way to 
the "Grand Lodge above," as the lodges 
nickname heaven, is by a youth spent in 
learning good, by a manhood spent in 
doing good, and by an old age spent in 
looking back upon a well-ordered life. 
Jesus says : ''No man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me." 3. In almost all the 
prayers of lodges the name of Jesus is 
studiously avoided. Jesus says : "What- 
soever ye shall ask the Father /'// viy 
name, he will give it you." 4. Though 
the rules forbid the lodges to have 

dances, my order would have dances just 
the same, but arranged for them out- 
side of the regular lodge meetings. Be- 
ing a member, I felt myself to be parti- 
ceps criiuiiiis; and the Apostle says: "Be 
not conformed to this world." 

When I saw this, ought I to remain in 
the lodge? If I left for such reasons, 
should I be silent? Silence, of course, 
pays better in earthly coin than to warn 
others, and so take up the cross. I 
am glad that I took up that cross, for 
j^ersecution from lodgemen is the only 
way that I have had the honor of suffer- 
ing for my Master. All other crosses of 
the ministry have been insignificant in 
comparison. But, then, the fruits arc 
coming. A leading business man of one 
of my former charges was a Mason, and 
openly admitted that as a Mason he 
could not accept Christ as the only and 
necessary mediator between God and 
man ; for Masonry, he said, taught the 
way to the Grand Lodge above through 
followino; the teachin8:s and morals of 
the lodge. Just about a month ago he 
wrote me a letter, that under great spir- 
itual strain he had been led to accept 
Christ as his Savior, and to see that be- 
lief in Masonry's God — the Grand Archi- 
tect — was not enough for salvation. 

Now, my beloved Brother Pastor (I 
call you so, hoping that you accept Jesus 
Christ as your only Savior from sin and 
self), I w^ant to ask some important 
cjuestions : Have }'ou noticed that many 
Masons are wearing, besides the sign of 
the cross, the sign of the crescent — the 
sign under which the religion of Christ 
was driven from northern Africa? — have 
you noticed it ? Does it seem insignifi- 
cant to 3'ou ? Have you noticed that ^la- 
sonry has almost killed the Protestant 
missions on the island of INIadagascar? 
Have you heard the boast of French ]\Ia- 
sons, that they have driven religion out 
of France? Have you read in the official 
report of the Peace Congress at Boston, 
what I heard there with my own ears, 
the declaration of a prominent ^lason, 
that Christians ought not to take undue 
credit for the peace movement, as Ma- 
sons, atheists, and other unbelievers had 
done their share ^ Do vou see anv si^i'- 
nilicance in this classification of ^Masonry 
by a Mason who ranks high in his order? 
Have ^"(m noticed that the ( )d(l T-'ellow 



October, 1911. 

Sovereign Grand Lodqe of the World de- 
cided not to reverse the order of its 
Grand Sire, that "it is unlawful to men- 
tion the name of Christ in an Odd Fellow 
Lodge" ? Do you see any significance 
in that fact? Ought not one to hesitate 
as a Christian to defend lodges, which 
wear the symbols of Mohammedanism 
and avoid the use of the name of Christ, 
yea, even forbid it? And do you not 
see the difference between unavoidable 
and avoidable association with unbeliev- 
ers? Since you compare associations in 
the business world with the freely chosen 
lodge association, do you not really see 
any difference? 

just ask God for light, and it will be 
given. Yours in the love of Christ, 

(Rev.) B. E. Bergesen. 

•Seattle, Washington. 


New York City, Sept. i6, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I am seeking to do what I may. One 
in the midst of five million does not 
count for much, yet each one has his or 
her influence. There is a constant gain 
of N. C. A. supporters in this section, 
for which we may be thankful. During 
the month past I have secured over 
one hundred and fifty subscriptions to 
the Cynosure. Meetings have been 
well attended. 

If evidence were lacking to prove it 
unnecessary 'to belong to a lodge in 
order to find friends when traveling, 
my experience at Smithville, Ohio, would 
be proof enough. I reached that town 
on a dark night, unacquainted with any 
person there. On inquiry I was told the 
hotel was a mile distant, but there was a 
minister of the Mennonite church living 
near. It is scarcely necessary to add 
that I found a welcome and good care. 
The next morning Preacher Hostetter 
harnessed the horse and took me to the 
undertaker's ( !). The undertaker got 
out his auto and conveyed me to the 
elder, Benjamin Gerig. After an exam- 
ination as to my qualifications, record 
and desires, the elder decided to allow 
me to speak to his people. There were 
probably five hundred persons present at 
our splendid meeting in the large, finely 
arranged country meetinghouse. Most 

of the preaching hour was given to a 
presentation of anti-lodge truth. 

In the afternoon I was taken to the 
home of an old acquaintance of fifteen 
or more years ago, and given an oppor- 
tunity to present the truth to the people 
he serves in the Orrville (Ohio) church 
in the evening. The attendance here 
was good, many coming in from the 

On Monday evening I was happily 
surprised to find the large church of the 
Brethren near Weilersville filled with 
an expectant congregation. Some thirty- 
five (as many as I had time to solicit) 
subscribed for the Cynosure. There are 
many open doors and much need for our 
work in that section. I was told the 
leading lodge of Smithville had been 
quarrelling over the introduction of a 
pool table. Those who did not want it 
were of course out-voted. When will 
the ''good people" learn that the devil 
runs the lodges and cease trying to keep 
them from their evil ways. 

I found my next opportunity at Da- 
mascus, Ohio. I discovered here a live, 
working, spiritual people. The Yearly 
Meeting of the Friends' Church for 
Ohio and adjacent states was in session. 
Our good brother Lee, of Mount Gilead, 
Ohio, had made arrangements for a 
hearing which was considerate and kind. 
This meeting represents six thousand 
or more in its membership. Much of 
my address was copied in the Minutes, 
to be transmitted to the entire church. 
Led by Brother Lee, not a few testified 
tO' their deliverance from lodges, and to 
the truth of what had been said. 

Since coming east I have worked in 
Waynesboro, Chambersburg, Cleona, 
Philadelphia, and other places in Penn- 
sylvania. Last Sabbath I gave the eve- 
ning message in the King's Park 
(N. Y.) Methodist-Episcopal church. I 
go this evening to Weehawken, N. J., 
where I am (D. V.) to serve the West 
New York United Presbyterian church 
tomorrow. Monday I plan to go to 
address a large conference of our Swed- 
ish Congregational friends. Meetings 
for this vicinity are planned to follow. 

There is much I would write were 
there time. Let us praise God for mer- 
cies past, and go on to greater victories. 

W. B. Stoddard. 

October, ]!»]!. 



Alexandria, La., 
Sept. 6, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

Since my last letter, I have been ver}^ 
biLsy. I have lectured and preached at 
the following places : Mansfield, Han- 
na, Dixie, Shreveport, Bunkie, Ever- 
green and in this city. I spoke uncom- 
promisingly against the Lodge at each 
place, and secured a few Cynosure 

I visited the Twelfth District Baptist 
xA^ssociation at Hanna, where I met a 
hearty welcome and had an opportunity 
both to preach and lecture. The breth- 
ren treated me very kindly, and paid 
close attention to all I said, and made a 
small donation. I also visited the North 
Calvary Baptist Association, where Drs. 
Harden, Moore, Cook, and, in fact, all 
of the brethren received me with open 
arms, and gave opportunity to preach 
and lecture ; and they made a very good 

I also pai.d a visit to the Thirteenth 
District Baptist Association, which met 
in Shreveport. This Association is a hot- 
bed of Secrecy from their Moderator on 
down. Nevertheless God has a few 
faithful in it that have never bowed 
their knees to Baal. Chief among them 
are Rev. M. G. Green, for whom I 
preached ; Dr. J. H. Henderson, a grad- 
uate of the Richmond Theological Insti- 
tute of Richmond, Va., and Rev. W. T. 
Taylor and Dr. H. R. Flynn. I was very 
cordially received by the brethren, but 
the day and hour I visited them they 
were so overtaxed with work that I did 
not seek an opportunity to speak, but 
contented myself with privately canvass- 
ing and securing subscriptions. 

I next visited the Eighth District Bap- 
tist /\ssociation at Evergreen, La., where 
I was cordially welcomed by the entire 
delegation, many of whom were my old 
friends and associates more than twenty 
years ago. I was given absolute libertv 
and freedom of speech, and both 
preached and lectured to them. Dr. H. 
B. N. Brown. Dr. I. Thomas and Rev. 
G. W. Davis each preached great and 
soul-stirring sermons, and each con- 
demned the entire Lodge system. Dr. 
W. M. Taylor, president of the Baptist 

Convention, sounded a keynote against 
the Lodge in his address. I spoke to 
from fifteen hundred to twenty-five hun- 
dred people at each of these associations, 
and a good impression was made. Many 
promised to prayerfully consider their 
Lodge oaths, while others said they were 
fully convinced of their sin and folly. 

I have just been extended a unanimous 
call to become pastor of Shiloh Church 
of this city. I have accepted, and am to 
give part of my time to the church. I 
have moved to this city, and am in hopes 
of purchasing a little home for my fam- 
ily and of settling down again perma- 

I will be glad to fill engagements 
with those who may desire my services. 
Pray for success in the work. I am 
Yours for Heaven, 

F. J. Davidson. 
806 Casson St., Alexandria. La. 


Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 5, 191 1. 

Dear Brother Phillips : 

I met a man last week who had on a 
three-link chain. I said : "You belong 
to the chain gang?" "Yes, I am an Odd- 
fellow." I said : "My brother, you are 
an idolater." "Why do you think so?" 
I answered : "Because God made you in 
his own image, and did not charge any- 
thing, but since you have grown up to 
manhood you have given up the God of 
Heaven and are serving the creature 
more than the Creator." (Romans i 125.) 
He replied : "All our work is basted on 
the Bible." I said: "Sir, your basting 
threads will break when you shall appear 
before God to give an account for your 
stewardship. And Jesus says (Rev. 
22:12) : 'Behold, I come quickly.' Broth- 
er, do you know that everv secret thing 
will be brought into judgment?" (Eccles. 
12:14.) He said: "My Sister, we 
don't mean to do any harm in our order 
(colored Oddfellows). We mean to do 
good." I answered : "Well, you disobey 
God. You make men swear, and put 
them under the penalty of death. If one 
tells vour secrets, did vou not swear to 
kill him?" He said :' "Yes." I said: 
"That is murder." "No," said he. "it 
would not be murder according to our 



October, 1911. 

law." "Have you a law difterent from 
the civil laws of this country?" He said: 
*'^^'e have a good law, and when a man 
takes the oath, and then don't keep it, we 
have a right tc> put him out of the way." 
I said: "\\'here did you get that right? 
God said in the sixth commandment, 
'Thou shalt not kill' (Ex. 20:13), and 
the laws of this country don't allow you 
to kill a man for that sort of tomfoolery. 
Now where is your right ? Is that right 
basted on the Bible?" He said: "Well, 
no, but we have a law ; w^e don't compel 
men to take the oath, but if he does, he 
must keep it." I asked: "Are you a 
Christian ?" He said : "Yes, I am a 
Methodist.'' "Well, suppose some of 
your church members did tell the secret, 
who would kill him?" He said: "We 
would kill him as a body. What we do, 
we have a law for, and by our law he 
ought to die.'' I said: "Yes, it is easy 
for men inclined to evil to justify them- 
selves, when at the same time they know 
they are lying, and hope to deceive oth- 
ers who do not know the facts in the 
case, but it will not be so when they come 
to the judgment. Christ said to the 
Pharisees, 'Ye are they which justify 
yourselves before men, but God knoweth 
your hearts ; for that which is highly es- 
teemed among men is an abomination in 
the sight of God.' " 

Sin is not a mistake ; it is disobedi- 
ence to the light we have, let it be little 
or much. No man can face the judg- 
ment who has not a conscience void oi 
offense toward God and man. All sin is 
sin against God. It is turning a deaf 
ear to His Word. It is important to 
keep in mind that every man has to do 
with God personally, and that all sin is 
disobedience to God in thought, word or 

He said : "Well, madam, I have never 
looked at it in that light before ; but par- 
don me, who made you so wise ? and how 
did you get hold of our secrets ?" I told 
him how I first got hold of the tracts 
and books through the National Christian 
Association. He said : "Well, I will 
look through the thing. I have always 
thought that we were doing more for 
fallen humanity than the Church !" I 
said : "Yes, that is like idolatry. That is 
Vv'hat the people thought about their gold- 
en calf w^orship in Judah and Israel." I 

said to him : "You are mixed up with 
all kinds of bad men. You have men 
here you call 'bootleggers,' and they all 
belong to your lodges." He said: "Yes, 
but we who are Christians don't mix with 
them, only in a business way." I said: 
"What did God say about mixing with 
sinners: Ps. 1:1, and II Cor. 6:14?" 
He replied. "Well, you have out-talked 
me for this time. Give me time to think." 
Yours for God and the Church, 

Lizzie Woods. 


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Cl)e J^otoer of tl)e Secret Cmptre 

IB2 SPisjJ <K» (E. JFlacs 

Under the Juniper Tree. 

There is a certain exaltation of spirit 
which overcomes the weakness of the 
flesh when we engage in a stern wrestle 
with any kind of moral evil. Hence it 
is that reformers in every age have gone 
through life with the step of laureled 
victors moving- to the sound of trium- 
phal psalms. Yet God has so constituted 
the human soul that it cannot always keep 
stretched to this heroic tension. The Eli- 
jahs who climbed the nearest heaven on 
those heights of sublime daring for 
truth's sake generally find their juniper 
tree somewhere in the way. 

Mark Stedman had encountered 
threats, obloquy, persecution, with unfal- 
tering heart. He expected nothing else. 
He was renewing the battle at double 
odds, for while the murderous spirit of 
Masonry remained unchanged, as evi- 
denced by the attempted attack on Love- 
joy, there was not now, as in the Morgan 
day, an awakening of public sentiment 
to back up its opposers. To rouse that 
slumbering public sentiment, to lift up 
his voice like a trumpet and show the 
house of Judah their sin he conceived to 
be one of his peculiar duties as a sentinel 
of Zioii ; and he made no account of pos- 
sible difficulties in convincing- of her 
guilt a lukewarm church that had fore- 
saken her first love. 

''Really, brother Stedman," said the 
first of his brother ministers in the con- 
ference to whom Mark addressed him- 
self, 'T ofave VO'U credit for beinsf a man 
of more sense than to run a tilt against 
Masonry at your age. You might as 

well try to throw Gibraltar into the sea." 

"Amen," returned the Elder, while his 
dark eye kindled and his thin face 
flushed. ''Every false worship has been 
called impregnable. But the God I serve 
is a God of the hills as well as a God of 
the valleys ; and moreover I have Christ's 
promise, Tf ye have faith as a grain of 
mustard seed, ye shall sa}^ unto this 
mountain. Be thou removed and be thou 
cast intO' the sea, and it shall be done.' " 

"These are not the days of miracles,'^ 
returned the other, rather curtlv. "And 
to tell the truth, I don't think it is Chris- 
tian charity tO' indulge in such wholesale 
denunciations of Masonry when four- 
fifths of the ministers in our conference 
belong- to the lodge." 

"Counting yourself, I see," dryly an- 
swered Mark, who- had just caught sight 
of a Masonic pin gleaming under the coat 
of his charitably-disposed clerical 

The latter looked a trifle embarrassed, 
not to say ashamed, at the discovery. 

"You see I don't wear it out in open 
sight. If T was all wrapped up in the 
institution like Elder Chadband, I should. 
T joined the lodge a few years ago be- 
cause I thought it might increase mv in- 
fluence as a pastor. You know St. Paul 
became all things to all men that lie might 
save a few." 

Mark rose to his feet, stern and sol- 


I have one question to ask : \\'as it 
to save men or to o-ain m<^re hearers, and. 
as a consequence, more jxipularity and 
more money, that vou joined an order 
whose badf'c vnu are ashamed to wear 



November, 1911. 

openly? You need not answer it to me. 
Answer it to God and your own soul." 

And having launched this keen arrow 
of truth ]\Iark went his way with an 
inward prayer for this self-deceived 
shepherd of the flock, who after all was 
not so blameworthy as his elders in the 
ministry who had lured him by their 
example into such a path of hypocrisy 
and time serving. 

Elder Chadband was an altogether dif- 
ferent subject to deal with. Far from 
being ashamed of Masonry he gloried in 
the many degrees he had taken, and 
sounded the praises of the handmaid at 
every funeral and corner-stone laying at 
which the fraternity figured, far and 

He saw with alarm the serious trouble 
that Mark's fanatical views were likely 
to make in the conference, and he felt 
warranted in using almost any measure 
that might rid that body of his undesir- 
able presence. But he believed in trying 
a little diplomacy first, and to this end 
he sought an interview with Mark, who, 
on his part, had rather avoided any dis- 
cussions with the Elder, considering him 
as being too much in the situation of the 
scriptural Ephraim to warrant the hope 
that any good might arise therefrom. He 
v.'as therefore proportionately surprised 
when the Elder thus urbanely began the 
conversation : 

''While I am sorry that you feel it your 
dtity to oppose such an excellent thing 
as Freemasonry, my dear brother Sted- 
man, a system that in its leading points 
is drawn from revelation and teaches in 
such an admirable manner so many im- 
portant moral truths, I must say that 
your sincerity and earnestness, however 
misdirected, is above praise. And I wish 
that there was more of that spirit in the 
church. We need a fresh baptism of the 
old-time zeal. There is too little of it — 
altogether too little of it now-a-days." 
And the Elder sighed as if deeply im- 
pressed with the melancholy truth just 

Alark opened his eyes. What did it 
mean? Was Saul also among the 
prophets ? 

"Now, I believe in the largest Chris- 
tian liberty," continued the Elder, not 
waiting for an answer, ''and no doubt one 
important use of having so many differ- 
ent sects is to make that liberty possible. 

I have been seriously thinking, my dear 
brother Stedman, that in some other 
church holding similar views on the sub- 
ject of Masonry, 3^ou could preach those 
views without offense, and thus labor 
with more freedom and a greater pros- 
pect of usefulness. Of course we should 
be sorry to lose one of our most valuable 
preachers ; but our loss would be the gain 
of some other denomination, such as the 
United Brethren, for instance. We will 
give you letters of recommendation to 
that or any church you may prefer." 

Mark's eye flashed. He had been un- 
suspicious, hitherto ; now he saw through 
the whole thing. Elder Chadband had 
been playing to perfection the part of a' 
boa constrictor, which slimes its victim 
over before swallowing it, and I am 
afraid that Mark's reply to his proposal 
had less than the usual savor of Gospel 

"Is this Christian liberty — to be able 
to declare the whole counsel of God, not 
freely in any part of the church univer- 
sal, but only in a few sectarian by-ways 
and corners ? No, Elder Chadband, while 
I have Christian fellowship with all who 
walk in the truth, by whatever name they 
are called, the church of the Wesleys is 
the church of my adoption. It was there 
my first vows were paid, and until she 
casts me out of her communion I will 
join no other." 

This outburst rather startled Elder 
Chadband. He had hoped for a different 
result, not calculating that there was still 
some unquenched fire under Mark's meek 
countenance and threadbare coat. 

"Really, brother Stedman" — and there 
was a decided dropping of the Elder's 
urbane tone — "I am grieved that you 
should take a mere kindly hint in such a 
spirit. We are commanded to separate 
ourselves from such as cause schism and 
offense, and to tell you the truth, many 
in our conference consider you liable to 
that charge. So in the truest spirit of 
brotherly love I have pointed out to you 
a course that will prevent all necessity 
for such a painful and disagreeable step.'' 

"It seems, then, that you are willing 
to recommend me to some unsuspecting 
church as 'a brother beloved for his 
work's sake,' while all the while I am ly- 
ing under a grievous charge of 'causing 
schism and offense.' You would have 
me act a lie by representing that I seek 

November, 1911. 



another church from personal preference, 
when I do it to avoid the 'painful and 
disagreeable' notoriety of being forcibly 
ejected by the one I go from. Is this 
Christian charity or lodge dissimulation ? 
If truth, faithfully preached, causes 
schism in any church, the worse for that 
church. Elder Chadband, in the day of 
Christ's appearing, how will you answer 
before Him for your connection with a 
system that points out to man another 
way of salvation than through his aton- 
ing cross ? How will you dare to stand 
at his judgment bar with the blood of 
souls clinging to your skirts that the 
lodge has deluded and destroyed? Woe 
unto you Masonic pastors, for ye shut up 
the kingdom of heaven against men. Ye 
neither go in yourselves, and them that 
are entering in ye hinder." 

And having thus delivered his right- 
eously indignant soul, Mark left Elder 
Chadband in a more disturbed state of 
mind than Masonic philosophy would 
seem to warrant, and more than ever 
confirmed • in his opinion that brother 
Stedman was a dangerous man to remain 
in the ranks of the Methodist ministry. 

Now Elder Cushing's church in 
Brownsville, was Baptist, and thO'Ugh, as 
Mark truly said, the church of the Wes- 
leys was the church of his adoption, he 
always felt in the hidden depths of his 
soul a 3^earning impulse of affection to- 
w^ards that particular chamber in Zion 
where he had been cradled. So when a 
certain Baptist minister came in his way 
a little while after, who "had never joined 
the lodge, and considered all secret so- 
cieties at variance with the spirit of the 
Gospel," Mark began with considerable 
hopefulness to urge upon him his duty 
as a Christian minister to express those 
views in the pulpit. 

*'I have very few Masons in my 
church ; I could count them all on my 
fingers' ends," said the Baptist pastor, 
looking a trifle disturbed at this very di- 
rect application of his principles. ''It 
would hardly be worth the while for me 
to leave the saving doctrines of the Gos- 
pel to preach on a side issue." 

"You acknowledge that Masonry is an 
evil thing," returned the severely logical 
Elder. "Then if you have one Mason in 
your congregation his soul is in danger, 
and you can no more neglect to warn him 

without incurring guilt than if there were 
fifty or a hundred." 

The Baptist minister was silent for a 
moment and then answered coldlv : 

"You were once yourself in the Ma- 
sonic order, I understand." 

"It is true that I have worn the mark 
of the beast," quietly answered the El- 
der, "and for a short time I rendered 
him faithful service. But Christ's own 
blood washed away that mark long ago." 

"Well, everybody has his own ideas of 
duty. Elder Stedman. Now for my part 
I couldn't take the solemn obligations 
that are required of all who become Free- 
masons and then feel right to break them 
afterwards. The just man, we are told, 
sweareth to his own hurt and changes 
not. So we must agree to differ on the 
other Cjuestion. I think hobbies should 
be kept out of the pulpit — reform hob- 
bies as much as any." 

This was the taunt that sent Mark 
under his juniper tree— that is to say, in- 
to his plain, bare little study, w^here he 
paced back and forth for a while, his 
whole soul in one of those wild tumults 
to which only the still, small voice can 
speak peace. But the earthquake and 
the whirlwind must go before. Where 
he had a right to expect understanding 
and sympathy, he had received a stone — 
nay, worse ; a stinging scorpion. His 
heart writhed under the injustice and 
cried out in the bitterness of its agony. 
Why must he ever lead a forlorn hope? 
Why must he be the one to always stand 
in the breach? How could he hope to 
batter down this grim fortress of secret 
iniquity single-handed ? Had he not been 
very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts 
when every pastor around him was either 
openly committed to the worship of Baal 
or preserving a cowardly and shameful 
silence? Surely he had battled long 
enough. Death seemed better than life ; 
an ignominious retreat better than to con- 
tinue a hopeless struggle with the church 
and the world against him. 

But God never leaves his servants un- 
der the juniper tree without sending an 
angel to strengthen them. And even 
now his ano^el was on the wav to streng- 
then the poor, discouraged Elder who, to 
spiritual weakness, was beginning- to add 
bodily faintness ; though when there 
came a tap at his study door, which he 



November, 1911. 

look for a call to dinner, he only an- 
swered : 

"I think I won't come down to-day, 

Hannah was used to her husband's fre- 
quent seasons of fasting-, and it did not 
strike her as anything- unusual. So she 
only replied : "There is a stranger wait- 
ing" below who wants to see you. He 
didn't give me his name." 

''Tell him I will be there in a moment." 

As soon as Hannah closed the door 
Mark threw himself on his knees and 
tried to pray ; but the moment passed in 
a wordless trance of pain ; and, rising, 
he went wearilv down stairs to street his 
luiknown visitor. 

That the rough-looking stranger in 
blue jean trousers, tucked into very mud- 
dy boots, who shook his hand with such 
awkward warmth, was just as divinely 
appointed to bring him help and comfort 
as any angelic messenger that ever ap- 
peared to patriarch or prophet in the Old 
Testament times, was an idea that never 
dawned in even the most indistinct fash- 
ion on the Elder's mind. 

"I'm glad ye didn't get no hurt the 
other night, parson," was the first greet- 
ing of the unknown. 

''Thank you, my friend," replied the 
Elder. "The Lord is truly a shield and 
buckler to them that fear him," 

"Well, I went fifteen miles to hear that 
lecture, and I tell 3^ou, parson, I was just 
thundering mad at the way you showed 
us up : so I was as ready as anvone 
on 'em to bear my part when the rumpus 
begun. But you had a kind of look as 
you stood there with the rotten eggs fly- 
ing about that made me think of my old 
^lethodist mother when dad used to curse 
and swear at her about her religion and 
threaten all kinds of things if she didn't 
leave off her singing and praying. And 
arter all I don't know but I was more 
glad than sorry at your getting off so 
slick when that chap blew out the lights 
and left us groping in the dark, like the 
Syrian army that was sent to take the 
prophet Elisha. You see I stumbled 
right on that ar passage when I was 
hunting up the eighth chapter of Ezekiel. 
I was bound to find out if there was 
really anything in the Bible about Ma- 
sonry ; and for all it was two o'clock 
when I got home, I raked up the fire and 
went at it. And I tell you, parson, that 

ar chapter in Ezekiel is a stunner. It 
just knocked me flat to think I'd been 
worshipping the sun like any heathen. 
And now I've come out from the lodge 
for good and all. I don't want no more 
of it. The Lord has come into my heart 
and taken all the Masonry clean out of 
me. I hate it worse'n pizen, I do: and 
now, parson, I want a lecture in our parts 
as soon as you can come and give one.. 
My name is Timothy Bundy, and I live 
at Bundy's Flats, just over the river. 
Maybe you know the place?" 

The Elder had heard of Bundy's Flats. 
He knew it was a hard locality, but at 
that moment though a legion of devils 
had beset his way he would have gone all 
the same. Surely God had spread a table 
for him in the desert and riven the rock 
at his need, and his fainting, discouraged 
soul mounted up as on eagle's wings in 
exulting triumph over all the powers of 
earth and hell. 

It is in the fiery furnace that a form 
appears like the Son of Man. Scorn, 
contempt, persecution, still beset the El- 
der's path, and he saw no reason to hope 
for anything else till he reached the end 
of his mortal journey. But a spirit of 
divine joy in doing and suffering for the 
grand eternal cause of Truth just as long 
as that cause needed him, now possessed 
his soul. Was it not an earnest of vic- 
tory that he had been allowed to convert 
even one soul from the worship of Baal ■ 
to serve the only living and true God ? 

"Praise the Lord, Mr. Bundy, for 
bringing you out of darkness into his 
marvelous light," he said, as he grasped 
the stranger's rough hand. "I will gladly 
give a lecture in your place at any time 
you may set." 

And having consented to an arrange- 
ment for Friday night of the following 
week and seen his visitor off, the Elder 
rose up from under his juniper tree and 
did the most sensible thing he could do, 
which, we are told, was the course fol- 
lowed by Elijah in somewhat similar cir- 
cumstances — he did eat and drink. 
(To be concluded.) 

"To be rich in everything that is worth 
while, not only in the mental and spirit- 
ual worlds, but also in the physical 
worlds, is the ideal we all have in view. 
And it is the power of real goodness that 
can make this ideal come true." 

November, 1911. 






Fathers and Brethren: 

We are in the great faUing away and 
it is time for all Christian people to walk 
humbly with God. The worship of Baal 
Peor — the worship of the forces of na- 
ture — was associated with the most loath- 
some and disgusting immoralities as all 
heathen religions always have been. Sab- 
bath breaking, drunkenness, licentious- 
ness, cheating, stealing, lying, and mur- 
der are the commonplaces of our time. 
Along with these horrors which threaten 
the very foundations of society is the 
multiplication of secret idolatries, which 
in every age and land have been asso- 
ciated with these vices and crimes. 
Balaam the Son of Bosor. 

Balaam was apparently a worshipper 
of the true God. He seems to have been 
empowered to foresee future events. 
There is every reason to believe that he 
preferred doing right to doing wrong. 
There was in his character one fatal de- 
fect. He loved the wages of unright- 
eousness. He did not love unrighteous- 
ness. No man does. God constructed 
the soul of man as he did the universe 
on the lines of truth, and no man goes 
into evil without pulling against himself 
as well as against the will of God, but 
men love the wages, for they naturally 
love things, and when the wages of un- 
righteousness seem more desirable than 
the wages of holy living, they are some- 
times drawn aside from the path of right 
and led into sin and crime. 

It was so with Balaam. Balak was 
terrified at the advent of Israel. He 
wished to bolster his courage with the 
word of the prophet of the true God. He 
had hosts of his own prophets in his own 
kingdom, but he sent messengers on a 
long journey to seek the presence of this 

man who had been reported to know 
God and to be able to speak for Him. 
He made large promises and offered 
glittering rewards. Balaam wanted them. 
He saw that he could secure many things 
that he desired in a short time if he 
could gratify the heathen king. He was 
able to do it and no doubt secured his 
reward though this is not expressly 
stated in the record. 

We are told that Balaam died by the 
sword of Israel among the heathen whom 
he had served. He prayed that he 
might die the death of a rigtheous man 
and that his last end might be like his, 
but he died as a fool does and was buried 
with the enemies of God. 

Masonic Corner Stones. 

Years ago before Masonry was known 
tO' be the loathsome terrible thing that it 
is, lodge men frequently secured oppor- 
tunities to advertise themselves at the ex- 
pense of the government, or the church. 
Whenever a large building was to be 
erected by the United States government, 
by state governments, by a school board, 
or by a church, lodge men in the mem- 
bership obtained the right to appear in 
public at the expense of the people erect- 
ing and paying for the building. They 
frequently got permission to put their 
mark on the corner stone of the building 
to stand as a perpetual advertisement to 
the idolatrous worship of those who laid 
the corner stone. 

After the discussion of the lodge ques- 
tion had been before the people until the 
character of the order was fairly well 
known, there was a cessation of tliis 
abuse of the rights of the public and the 

In Clarinda, Iowa, and in other cities 
lodge men who had appropriated corner 



November, 1911. 

stones for their own benefit were pre- 
vented from carrying out the plans they 
had made. Time has passed and lodges 
are lifting their heads and seeking to get 
back to the place they occupied before 
their character was known. Of course, 
this abuse will continue until a protest 
is voiced by the people which demands 

^^'e are led to this line of remark by 
the report in the papers of the laying of 
the corner stone of the Berean Presby- 
terian Church of a neighboring city. The 
affair seems to have been under the di- 
rection of the ''Men's Religious Forward 
Movement. " Fifteen Masonic Lodges in 
the county united in the service. 'Tt was 
a gala affair. Flags were raised. Bal- 
conies in the vicinity were decorated with 
flowers and filled with the spectators. 
Thirty-second Avenue, between National 
Avenue and Hilda Place, was lined with 
a succession of small tents in which 
w^ares were offered for sale by pretty 
young girls. The proceeds are to be de- 
voted to the raising of the fund of seven 
thousand dollars, which it is hoped will 
be fairly going before the dedication ser- 
vice for the church." 

Balaam Loved the Wages of Unrighteous- 

This heathen church laid the founda- 
tion stone for this professedly Christian 
church in the midst of this Fourth of 
July celebration. The lodges of the coun- 
ty received advertisement which was no 
doubt Vv'orth any actual cash they ex- 
pended. They will entrap and snare 
hundreds of men whom they could never 
have deceived had it not been for Balaam 
and his love for the zvages of unright- 
eousness. The church people wanted some 
money. The Men's Religious Forward 
Movement, which is usually made up of 
men who profess to be Christians and of 
those who make no profession, arranged 
this affair for the purpose of getting 
money for the church. As in olden times 
pretty girls were drafted into the service 

and they filled tents along the street of- 
fering wares of one kind and another to 
the passers-by. According to the report 
the eft'ort succeeded as well as did that 
of Balaam when he secured the wages 
from Balak. They got quite a bit of 
money and they hope they will get some 

Dead and Dyinig Churches. 
But after the bands have ceased play- 
ing, after the Masons have had their 
drinks and laid aside their regalia, after 
the preachers have counted the money 
and estimated the receipts of the pagan 
festival, what then? Then comes along 
a tug for the life of the church and its 
work in the community. Every man who 
has anything to do with churches can tell 
us that it is far easier to build a church 
than it is to support it. Who is to fur- 
nish the money to pay the preacher, get 
the coal and lights, and keep the place 
clean and attractive? Church members 
of course, are expected to do it. If they 
do not, it will not be done; and what 
about those fifteen lodges, marching with 
their banners and with their aprons and 
with their music to lay the corner stone? 
What will they do for the congregation ? 
They will be sitting in their lodge rooms 
or on their porches, smoking, reading 
the Sunday newspapers, playing cards or 
worse, while the men who loved the 
wages of unrighteousness and were sorry 
that they could not get them without un- 
righteousness will be standing in the pul- 
pit and preaching to the pews. There 
will be handfuls of women and children 
scattered among the seats here and there. 
The whole thing is a picture of the fail- 
ure which results when men undertake 
to yoke together the faith of Jesus Christ 
and the policy of Balaam. 

Booker T. Washington and the Mosaic 

Mr. Washington was educated in a 
school planted by the American Mission- 
ary Association. This institution was 

November, 1911. 



olanted and has been maintained by 
Christian people who in general have 
been opposed to secret societies. Mr. 
Washington has been supported in his 
labors at Tuskegee by Christian men and 
women throughout the world. Many hun- 
dreds of thousands of dollars have been 
given to his cause by men and women of 
all shades of belief because they believed 
he was laboring for the benefit of his 
people, and they wished to help him in 
the work. It is said that Mr. Washing- 
ton sent a special messenger to the great 
lodge of the Negro ''Mosaic Templers" 
inviting them to meet next year at Tuske- 
gee. If he did this, as reported in the 
press, why did he do it ? The work which 
he is carrying forward is an educational 
work. Secret societies have never been 
educational except for the pagan reli- 
gious faiths which they profess to^ teach. 
No secret society has ever conducted a 
school or done such woi^k as Mr. Wash- 
ington is doing. Why then does he wish 
them to go to Tuskegee ? By an open ap- 
peal to the men of this country, he was 
educated and has been sustained until 
now he has more than half a hundred 
buildings, fifteen hundred students, and 
hundreds of thousands of dollars of en- 
dowment, but he wants some more. We 
fear he thinks he can secure it by inviting 
the Negro ''Mosaic Templars" to Tuske- 
gee. If this be the real motive it is an- 
other case of loving the wages of un- 
righteousness. 'Why cannot men be wise? 
Why cannot they continue on reasonable 
lines where they begin? Why should not 
Mr. Washington, who has received mil- 
lions of money as a free gift from peo- 
ple who love God, believe and trust God 
and pray for the needs that are yet to 

Balaam must have had experience of 
God. This is evidenced by the fact that 
he persistently refused to do anything 
except what he was permitted to do. Why 
could he not have continued to trust God 
to do for him in the future what he had 

done for him in the past? Why could he 
not trust God to do for him after he had 
obtained a large reputation what he did 
for him ijohilc he zvas obtaining this repu- 
tation ? It seems pitiful that men who be- 
gin with God should need buy any such 
poor human reliances as this. We trust 
that Mr. Washington, for whom and for 
whose work we have had the greatest re- 
spect will not lend himself to these dread- 
ful lodges which are destroying the souls 
of men. 

The Wages of Unrighteousness. 
It is horribly interesting to know what 
sort of a lodge this Mosaic Templars is. 
We received recently from a reliable cor- 
respondent the testimony which a school- 
girl gave after her initiation into this 
lodge. She says : "I belonged to two 
lodges, the Eastern Star and the Mosaic 
Templars of America. When they car- 
ried me into the anteroom to be made a 
Mosaic Templar, one man stood at the 
door and hit me in the hand with a strap. 
They had a wagon sheet ; and they had a 
chair that they called the goat. They told 
me to get on my knees and pray : 'Our 
Father which art in Heaven,' etc., and 
when I got on my knees and had prayed 
they threw me up and down on the wag- 
on sheet. When they began to toss me 
up and down, I felt ashamed. Just think 
of about twelve men there tossing me up 
and down, but I held by skirts to keep 
them from flying over my head. At times 
I was a foot or more from the wagon 
sheet with my skirts flying in the air, so 
I caught them from going over my head. 
The women members laughed when the 
men tossed me up. They took me to a 
bush with some candles in it and behind 
it was a man with a false face on, whom 
they said was God. I was told that it 
was the 'Burning Bush' and that the 
ground I stood on was ' holy ground.' Oh 
I am so disgusted when I think about 
such sinful, dirty organizations — not fit 
for a dog to join and yet I was initiated 
into them." 



November, 1911. 

We know enough about ^Nlr. Washing- 
ton to beheve that he is in entire ignor- 
ance of the character of this organiza- 
tion which he had requested to visit 
Tuskegee. but ]\Ir. ^^'ashington is old 
enough to know that any secret society 
is naturall}' evil, and that Christian men 
ought not to have fellowship with or- 
ganizations of this kind, and he ought 
to perfectly understand that such out- 
rageous abuses as are indicated above 
which are practiced with mock prayers, 
recited to insure the damnation of the 
souls of those who are thus corrupted 
and defiled, are naturally the outgrowth 
of secret societies. Good things love the 
light and evil things love the darkness. 
Sureh' ^Ir. Washington does not need 
anybody to tell him this. We believe 
that when he has reflected upon his posi- 
tion not even the wages of unrighteous- 
ness will persuade him to continue in 
such fellowship. 

The Wages Are Not Paid. 

We find in a newspaper clipping an 
interesting statement respecting the 
Knights of Pythias. Some eight men in 
Decatur, who carried the Knights of 
Pythias endowment insurance for twenty- 
five or thirty years, have just withdrawn 
from the order's insurance. They began 
more than thirty years ago, some of 
them, and paid one dollar and ten cents 
a month on each one thousand dollars 
of insurance carried, or at the rate of a 
little more than thirteen dollars a year. 
For the last twenty-five years they have 
paid at the rate of one dollar and eighty- 
five cents per month on each one thous- 
and dollars carried, or at the rate of a 
little more than $22 per year. At the be- 
ginning of the present year they were 
notified that they must now pay a much 
higher rate if they wished to continue 
their insurance. They felt that they could 
not meet this new requirement and 
dropped out. This means that they will 
lose every dollar that they have put in, 

unless the suit which has recently been 
started against the Knights of Pythias 
company should be decided in favor of 
the members. If it does, probably the 
order will have to suspend. If it does 
not the members will lose their money. 
This is not a new thing under the sun. 
Those who join with Baal or with Ba- 
laam for the sake of the wages of un- 
righteousness are practically certain to be 
cheated in the end. They will die as 
Balaam did, among the enemies of God^ 
and will lose the wages for which they 
have sold their souls. 

I conclude this letter with an earnest 
appeal to the ministers and members of 
churches who have been led to tolerate 
the presence of Baal Peor in their festi- 
vals which ought to be holy to Jehovah : 
"There is death in the pot." Christ de- 
clines to draw in the same yoke with 
Satan. He declines to be put on an equal- 
ity with him, and men who undertake 
to do so will find themselves failing irr 
the end. God and Satan, Christ and Be- 
lial, light and darkness, cannot work to- 
gether even for the sake of the wages 
of unrighteousness. 

Yours fraternally, 
Charles A. Blanchard. 

Let us all resolve, first, to attain the 
grace of silence; second, to deem all 
fault-finding that does no good a sin. 
and to resolve, when we are happy our- 
selves, not to poison the atmosphere for 
our neighbors b}^ calling on them to re- 
mark every painful and disagreeable 
feature of their daily life; third, to prac- 
tice the grace and virtue of praise. — 
Harriet B. Stozve. 

They say I am growing old, because 
ni}^ hair is silvered, and there are crows'" 
feet on my forehead, and my step is not 
so firm and elastic as before. But they 
are mistaken. That is not me. The 
knees are weak, but the knees are not me. 
The brow is wrinkled, but the brow is 
not me. This is the house I live in. But 
I am young — younger than I ever was 
before. — Guthrie. 

November, 1911. 




[an unpublished letter and the 
last received from the late edmond 


Editor Cynosure: 

Will you kindly permit me to say a 
few words to the many readers of your 
excellent magazine, and first of all I 
want to give expression to the very great 
delight I felt on reading the excellent 
letter of President Blanchard about the 
cross displayed on the clothes of the 
notoriously ungodly men composing the 
Knights Templars society. 

Every Knight Templar must first of 
all be a Mason, and from the system of 
Masonry the name of the Lord Jesus 
must be rigidly excluded, and not only 
so. but in the Chapter degrees that prec- 
ious "name, which is above every name," 
is wickedly and knowingly cut out from 
every Scripture read at opening the 

\Mio then, may I ask, has exerted the 
influence which places the cross on the 
banner, and on the clothes of the Knights 
Templars ? Who but the personal en- 
emv of the Lord Jesus Christ — the 

And right here I desire to correct a 
few mistakes into which even w^ell in- 
formed anti-IMasons have fallen. They 
generally suppose that the Alasonic sys- 
tem is directly opposed to the Church 
and they mourn over the fact as thev 
suppose that Masonry and its brood of 
other lodge systems are ''depleting the 
Church" — "antagonizing the Church" 
and that the whole conflict is between 
the Lodge and the Church. Now% all 
this is entirely wrong and is due to the 
fact that the majority of people misap- 
prehend altogether the truth of the 

The Church is the mystical body of 
Christ, called out from among the Gen- 
tiles during this age and of which the 
risen and glorified Christ Jesus is the 
Head. Every member of the true church 
is called out — "blessed with all spiritual 
blessings in the heavenlies," and ''chosen 
in Christ before the foundation of the 
world," Eph. i :3-4. This and nothing 
else is "the church which is His bodv," 

and it is also "the fullness of Him that 
filleth all in all,'| Eph. i 122-23, ^^^^ again 
in Col. I :i8, "and He — the glorified Lord 
Jesus is the head of the body the church." 
Every member of this body was fore- 
known of God eternities before we were 
born, and not alone that, but every mem- 
ber was "predestinated — not to be saved 
merely but — to be conformed to the im- 
age of His Son." "And whom He did 
predestinate, them He also called and 
wdiom He called them He also justified 
and whom He justified them He also 
glorified," Rom. 2:29-30. These chosen 
and called out ones and these only com- 
prise the church of God, and so we can 
exclaim with the Apostle Paul "What 
shall wx then say to these things? H 
God be for us who can be against us?" 
Rom. 8:29-31. Can Masonry? Can 
lodgism of any kind? Can Satan? Xo, 
Blessed be the God of all grace, the 
church's place is in the heavenlies in 
Christ, Eph. 2, and nothing w^hatevei" can 
hurt her there. 

But the nominal church aroimd us can 
be hurt, the denominations can be hurt 
and, doubtless, the different kinds of 
lodges as well as Masonry are drawing 
away members from the various so-called 
churches and no wonder. The system of 
Alasonry though, like its founder, is the 
personal enemy and antagonist of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. When Gabriel, an- 
nouncing to the A^irgin that she was 
chosen of God to be the mother of the 
Redeemer, said to her, "Thou shalt call 
Llis name Jesus, for He shall sare His 
people from their sins/' That was the 
mission of the Son of God to this earth, 
it was for that He gave up "the glory 
which He had with the Father before 
the world was." Jno. 17 :5. as He declares 
Himself, "The Son of Man is come to 
seek and to sazr tJiat ichicJi icas lost:" 
Luke ig:io, and on Pentecost He sent 
down the Holy Spirit to proclaim this 
glorious truth to the lost ones, but the 
Church must first be called out from the 
world, judo^ed, disciplined and perfected, 
that witli her glorified Head in the com- 
inq- age, she might be used of God to 
bring blessing to all the families of the 
earth in conjunction with Israel, the 
earthly seed of Abraham. This was the 
I'Jad tidin^^s that God preached before- 
liand to Abraham ( R. A'.) (^al. 3:8. 

lUit listen again. The .Xj^ostle sending- 



November, 191 L 

a letter to the Christians at Corinth ad- 
dressed it — "To the Church of God, 
which is at Corinth, to them that are 
sanctified in Chrisd Jesus, called saints." 
that is saints by being called, etc. Now, 
were a letter to come to Chicago, New 
York, St. Louis, Boulder, or any other 
city in the world addressed "to the 
Church of God, which is in Chicago, 
Boulder, etc., will you kindly tell me to 
whom would the postmaster deliver it? 
Every sect in town would claim it, but 
to which of all the pastors would the 
postmaster hand it? To none of them, 
of course, then please locate the Church 
of God today. It cannot be done. How, 
then, can the Masonic system or any 
other system, or even ten thousand leg- 
ions of demons, hurt the Church of God? 
But again the Holy Spirit writes through 
Paul, "to the Church of the Thessa- 
lonians in God, the Father and the Lord 
Jesus Christ," and again in Jude, "to 
them that are sanctified by God the 
Father, preserved in Jesus Christ and 
called." Do you know any such people 
as these, or any such church as Paul 
writes to in 2, Thess. 1:1? 

No, Alasonry is not depleting the 
Church of God, but that Satanic system 
and its numerous brood of alleged secret 
lodges are the direct antagonists of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Masonry claims that 
a ^lason "living in strict obedience to 
the obligations and precepts of that sys- 
tem is free from sin/' That is what 
Jesus came for — to free or save His peo- 
ple from their sins, Matt, i :2i. A man 
is made a Master Mason, and what does 
Masonry claim for him? "We now find complete in morality and intelligence 
with the stay of religion added to assure 
him of the protection of the Deity and 
guard him against ever going astray. 
These three degrees thus form a perfect 
and harmonious whole, nor can it be con- 
ceived that anything can be suggested 
more which the soul of man requires." 

Let us stand by and listen when a 
preacher, a bishop, perhaps a D. D., or 
some other such high dignitary, is about 
to be made a Mason. He is' ushered into 
an ante-room, stripped of all his clothing 
except his under shirt ; they hand him 
some old lodge draws which he puts on ; 
his left foot, knee and breast are made 
bare, a hoodwink is put over his eyes, 
a rope is placed around his neck and a 

half heeled slipper on his right foot. 
Look at him and say from his appear- 
ance would vou consider him "a man in 

Surely not. Well, he is the pastor of 
one of the most popular churches, and 
he's about to be initiated and to swear 
life-long allegiance to the Masonic sys- 
tem, but listen: "There he stands with- 
out our portals on the threshold of his 
new Masonic life in darkness, helpless- 
ness and ignorance. Having been wan- 
dering amid the errors and covered over 
Avith the pollutions of the outer and pro- 
fane world he comes enquiringly to our 
doors seeking the new birth, and asking 
for a withdrawal of the veil which con- 
ceals divine truth (E>eemasonry) from, 
his uninitiated sight" (Manual of the 

So, then, Masonry is divine truth, im- 
parts the new birth, cleanses from sin 
and nothing can be suggested more which 
the soul of man requires. This is the 
Devil's teaching through Masonry, and 
you can easily see that instead of being- 
in any way opposed to the nominal 
church, it is in whole and in part in direct 
opposition to the person and work of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Another great mistake is to think that 
the testimony of the National Christian 
Association against the lodge system in 
general will sooner or later destroy Ma- 
sonry. The opposite of this is the truth. 
Did the wonderful testimonv of Eli i ah 
on Mount Carmel destroy the worship of 
Baal in Israel? (2 Kings 18.) No, 
surely, and toda}^ you have absolutely 
the very same idolatry, only under a 
difi^erent name, in the Masonic system. 
Masonry and its numerous brood of se- 
cret lodges shall be destroyed at the sec- 
ond coming of the Lord, but not before. 

Read the parable of the tares in Matt. 
13 (Revised Version), and the Lord's 
own explanation of it, Ver. 36-43. "The 
tares are the children of the evil one," 
bound into bundles in the end of the age, 
and then answer to yourself the question, 
What is a bundle of men ? The numer- 
ous so-called secret societies and trades 
unions, and all other human organiza- 
tions bound together by oaths, affirma- 
tions, pledges, or what not, are, without 
any doubt, the bundles of Matt. 13. These 
bundles were to be bound together at 
the end of this gospel age, and hence 

November, 1911. 



we have the sure testimony that the rap- 
ture of the church, the true church, is 

What is the chief characteristic of *'the 
last days," as given by the Holy Spirit? 
"They shall have a form of Godliness, 
tut denying the power thereof" (2 Tim. 
3), and is not that the true condition 
today the world over? When a man 
comes to your door and knocks, where 
is he? He is outside the door, surely, 
and that is the position which the Lord 
occupies today as regards the nominal 
church. Writing to the church of the 
Laodicians, He says "Behold I stand at 
the door and knock," Rev. 3 :20. Then 
He is outside the door, and declares that 
He is "about to spew her out of His 
mouth." Read the entire message to 
the nominal church in Rev. 3:14 to the 
€nd. The condition of Israel was never 
any worse than is the state of nominal 
Christianity today, and nothing but the 
personal coming of the Lord Jesus to 
set up His kingdom shall make things 
right, and for this every child of God 
ought earnestly to pray. 


Boulder, Colo. 



Death is the common heritage, as well 
as the common enemy of men. There 
is no zone, no latitude, no longitude, no 
altitude exempt from its ravages. There 
is no nook or corner so sanitary, or so 
secluded to which one may retire and 
feel secure from the grasp of the de- 

We are met in this sanctuary, where 
our departed brother was accustomed to 
worship, not to unduly magnify the vir- 
tues of a man "Whose breath is in his 
nostrils" (His breath goeth forth, he re- 
turneth to his earth), but to refresh our 
memories, and to find, if we may, some 
lessons in the life of the departed that 
may be stimulating and helpful to us 
Avho tarry for a day. 

The volume of another life is com- 

pleted. Nothing may be added or sub- 
tracted from its record. 

We learn from, the good book that "it 
is better to go to the house of mourning 
than to the house of feasting." We trust 
that our brief meditations may be most 
helpful. Were I personally to confer 
with my inclinations, I would be seated 
in these pews with these mourning 
friends, rather than with these speakers 
upon this platform. I w^as greatly shocked 
and pained to hear of the death of 
Brother Cook. I had known of his ill- 
ness, but was illy prepared to hear of 
his death. I knew the deceased only to 
love and respect him. I had personally 
know^n him for perhaps thirty-five years, 
and in all this time had learned nothing 
but good of him. My first acquaintance 
with him was as an official member of 
the Moody church board. During this 
time both he and Mrs. Cook were faith- 
ful and efficient teachers in my Sunday 
school. I was again associated with him 
as a director in Wheaton College. I 
think he continued to be a director until 
the day of his departure, while my term 
of service for the college was limited. 
Again, for well nigh a quarter of a cen- 
tury, I was associated with him in the 
conduct of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation. It was here that his sterling 
qualities shone forth. He was a good 
counselor and punctilious in his engage- 
ments. In all the varied relationships, 
I found Brother Cook to be a man of 
intelligent Christian convictions, without 
a contentious spirit. Of course, he would 
never compromise a well-settled prin- 
ciple. But for the sake of harmony 
was ever ready to make reasonable con- 
cessions. Others have spoken of his pa- 
triotism and his dauntless courage, which 
led him to the battle field in defense of 
his country. Many a man has been wil- 
ling to endure the fatigue and hardships 
of war, to face the cannon's mouth and 
even die for country, who has not dared 
to live for an unpopular truth. 

Determine, if you can, the righteous 
side of any public issue, and there you 
would always find Ezra A. Cook as firm- 
ly fixed as the impregnable Gibraltar. 

Retire to your houses and write in 
your journals "an unselfish man," and 
you will have a true description of this 
man's character. The Apostle's exhor- 
tation was "esteem others better than 



November. 1911. 

Yourselves." He was one who obeyed 
this injunction. This man came into the 
world not to be ministered unto, but to 
minister unti^ others. His crowning great- 
ness was his readiness to be servant of 
all. "Except a kernel of wheat fall into 
the ground and die it abideth alone. But 
if it die it bringeth forth much fruit." 
In a larger and truer sense, this brother 
has just commenced to live. He has 
simply moved out of a tenement that had 
become uninhabitable, and gone to take 
possession of his Heavenly inheritance. 
His good works will follow and bear 
fruit in increasing measure. In a little 
time we shall look upon this pallid face, 
as we say for the last time and then 
with measured step we shall follow the 
funeral cortege to the cemetery, where 
we shall deposit an emptied shell in the 
orave, where it will remain until the 
morning of the resurrection. 

As this bereaved widow with her de- 
voted children and friends stands about 
his grave this question will be again re- 
peated 'Tf a man die shall he live again?" 
Infidelity will answer the question nega- 
tiveh". while triumphant faith listening 
to the Apostles' masterly reasoning found 
in the 15th chapter of first Corinthians 
will hear the Master' sweet voice com- 
ing forth from that grave, saying: "I 
am the resurrection and the life, he that 
believeth on me though he were dead yet 
shall he live." "And when he shall say 
Ezra A. Cook comes forth" that remorse- 
less grave will lose its power to further 
imprison its dead. 


r>V RF.\\ li. B. HEM METER. 

The Grand Army of today is an or- 
ganization of veterans of our civil war 
and organized separately and indepencl- 
entlv of the regular Armv of the Repub- 
lic. ' 

Our Lutheran Church, truly patriotic, 
cheerfully and conscientiously, supports 
the Army of the Republic as well as the 
veterans who, having served in the 
ranks of the army, have obtained an hon- 
orable release. 

Our Lutheran Church does not oppose 
militarv honors, not objectionable in 
themselves, neither during the lifetime, 
nor at or after the death of a soldier. 

Our Lutheran Church, however, does 
oppose every mixture of Chtirch and 

State as being contrary to the principles 
of Christ as laid down in the words : 
"Render unto Caesar (that is to the 
vState) the things that are Caesar's; and 
unto God the things that are God's." 
^latthew 22:21. 

Otir Lutheran Church moreover holds 
that it must confess Christ before men, 
according to its own convictions found- 
ed in the Scriptures, and that it must 
avoid those who differ with her in these 
convictions, according to the word of the 
Apostle, Romans 16:17, 18: ''Mark them 
which catise divisions and offenses con- 
trary to the doctrine, which ye have 
learned ; and avoid them. For they that 
are such, serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, 
but their own belly ; and by good words 
and fair speeches deceive the hearts of 
the simple,"' 

In the exercise of religious convictions, 
our church accords to everyone perfect 
freedom, believing that this is the will 
of God. Otir Church, however, also ex- 
pects to receive that toleration which it 
accords to others and which is pro- 
claimed by the Constitution of the United 
States in its first Amendment, as well as 
by the Constitution of the State of Mis- 

The Army of the United States is un- 
der the government of the first amend- 
ment, to-wit : "Congress shall make no 
laws respecting an establishment of re- 
ligion, or prohibiting the free exercise 
thereof." Religious features or regula- 
tions that hinder or offend any church in 
its spiritual relations to its members are 
hereby barred from the regular army. 

The Grand Army, as veterans of the 
Army of the Republic, should not exempt 
itself from the wise provision of the 
Constitution of our land respecting re- 
ligion and religious practices, and certain- 
ly should not claim any recognition as 
the Grand Army, when it goes beyond 
this acknowledged principle of the com- 
j>lete separation of Church and State, by 
its introduction and its use of religious 
services in its ritual and meetings. The 
veterans of the Grand Army have them- 
selves to blame, if for Biblical reasons 
their religious services are barred from 
chtirches, and from church services, by 
such as claim for themselves a free and 
undisturbed exercise of their own relig- 

The veterans and all others act con- 

November, 1911. 



trary to the spirit of the Constitution of 
the United States, as well as to that of 
the State of Missouri, when they frown 
on, bluster at and scold those who dare 
to enjoy the liberty which the funda- 
mental laws of the land grants them. 
This liberty we prize more highly than 
earthly friendships and for which some 
of our forebears shed their blood. 

As to Certain Criticisms. 

No, I did not order a United States 
flag off a coffin. We honor Old Glory 
wherever we see it, and are not oft"end- 
ed if, as a part of military honors, the 
flag decorates the coffin of a veteran. 
That flag was taken off by one who 
claimed an order from the owners of the 
flag, in spite of a request to leave it on. 
This act, of course, was unfriendly to us 
and on its face reflected against us 
whether so intended or not. We felt this 
at once and if we had had a flag at hand, 
we would have replaced the one removed 
by another. We claim the flag as our flag 
as much as it is anybody's, and we are 
willing to shout for her even though we 
should never hold public position or have 
a whiff of a pension. If the parties con- 
cerned will, as good citizens, cut out 
everything that belongs to the religious 
realm and leave their members, who are 
church members solely to their respec- 
tive pastors in religious affairs, then 
there will be no trouble. There is no 
trouble about the flag. What we want 
is to keep the flag and all that the flag 
stands for, among which, and by far 
not the least, is religious liberty. 

No, we do not keep soldiers out of our 
church because of their uniforms. If 
anyone at any time did not go into our 
church, that was of his own choice. All 
that we expect of anybody that comes 
to our church is that they submit to 
the rules of worship laid down by our 
congregation, which owns and maintains 
the property as its house of prayer. Sure- 
ly no one ought to object to that. 

I do not officiate with any chaplain at 
a funeral or on any other occasion. I 
am not looking for glory in this world as 
a minister, nor am I conducting my min- 
istry as a business. I attend a funeral 
as a minister, when it is my duty to the 
deceased and the family of the deceased ; 
and when I am the minister. I don't want 
to be interfered with. Anv one can dis- 

pense with my services at any time and 
I will make them no trouble; but you 
can't order me or any of our ministers 
around. It is a matter of principle with 

Is it not strange that in our day, when 
every mechanic reserves for himself the 
right to determine where, when, and 
zvith zvhom he will work, that this same 
reservation in a minister should meet 
with astonishment and opposition? It 
seems indeed as though, in matters of 
religion, very many people consult only 
their own minds and thoughts, their own 
likes and dislikes. If this be the case, let 
them then at least accord the same priv- 
ilege to the minister. If you want a chap- 
lain of a lodge then let the chaplain be 
your minister, let him visit you in your 
sickness, let him give you his communion, 
let him pray with you and conduct you 
out of this world into the next ; then it 
will also be appropriate for him to bury 
you. It is all in your hands. Choose for 
yourself. But don't blame the minister. 

Yes, I have been repeatedly asked to 
conduct funerals, when a complication 
has arisen as to a chaplain taking part. 
I have always tried in all love to make it 
clear, that I would not for principle's 
sake countenance any interference in my 
calling as a minister. I have not always 
been met with kindness, but hitherto, 
whenever a chaplain had been noti- 
fied that his services were not desired, 
he has respected the wishes of those who 
had the privilege of determining. 

It was a sad breach when lately the 
wish and order of both the deceased and 
the widow were ignored by one who 
showed more temper than sympathy. 

The position of the writer in this mat- 
ter is not one of his own invention, but 
one that is elementary in the church body 
of which he is a member and which is 
known all over our free country and 
even in all religiously informed circles of 
the civilized world. We all honor our 
veterans and wish them well, but in the 
matters of our faith and the free exer- 
cise thereof, they must not presume to 
interfere. If the veterans insist on re- 
ligious exercises, other than those of our 
church, at the graves of their departed, 
they thereby themselves render it im- 
possible for us to participate at such 
burials. For this they must take all 
the blame, for thev certainh- have no 



November, 1911. 

Standing as a church. Moreover, as an 
organization claiming a certain national 
or state character, they are plainly at 
fault with the very constitution under 
which they fought and which we all 
claim as our countr3^'s glory. 

God bless the veterans ; but let them 
leave religion entirely to the churches. 

St. Louis, Mo. 



It may seem strange for a lady to 
speak on Freemasonry, because as ladies 
are excluded from lodges, it may be 
thought by many that they cannot know 
anything about the subject. But why 
should ladies be excluded? 

I think it is possible to know something 
of an institution without being a mem- 
ber of that institution. And further I 
think it is possible to know something 
about a secret society, or institution, 
without being a member of that secret 
society, or secret institution. But I need 
not now indicate through what avenues 
this information may leak out, as I pre- 
fer to speak from the standpoint of an 
outsider, but a Christian outsider. As a 
Christian I ask why is the society of 
Freemasons a secret society, and a secret 
society whose secrets are protected by 
fearful oaths? Looking at it from the 
standpoint of an outsider, I should say 
that if the aims and operations of the so- 
ciety are good, what need is there for the 
members of the society to take solemn 
oaths of secrecy? It could not harm the 
society if they were known to be doing 
good, and only seeking the good of their 
fellow men. A good man, while he 
ought not ostentatiously to display his 
beneficence, does not need to swear be- 
fore his fellow helpers that he will never 
even mention the good he has been doing. 

The best man that ever lived when 
falsely accused by His enemies said, 'Tn 
secret have I said nothing." His work 
and teaching v/ere open to the public and 
to hostile criticism. 

What need then is there for a disciple 
of the Lord Jesus Christ to go directly 
against his Master's example. 

Surely the lodges in this respect do not 
follow the example nor the precept of the 

*A lecture delivered by Lady E. A. M. 
Blount, 3 Beechey Road, Bournemouth, 
England. Price 2 pence. 

Christian's Lord. This leads one to ask: 
Is the lodge a Christian institution? H 
it is, why do they ignore our Lord's sol- 
emn injunction when he said, ''Swear 
not at all, neither by heaven, for it is 
God's throne, nor by the earth, for it is 
His footstool ; neither by the head, for 
thou canst not make one hair white, or 
black. But let your communication be 
yea, yea, and nay, nay, for whatsoever is 
more than this cometh of evil." — Matt. 
Yet members of the lodges not only 
swear by their heads, as one may say, 
but by their very lives. 

In the light of our Lord's words there- 
fore, it must be evil for members to 
swear by their lives, or at the peril of 
their lives, that they will never reveal but 
always conceal the secrets of the society. 

I am credibly informed that no mem- 
ber in the lodge is ever allowed to men- 
tion, even in prayer, the name of the 
Lord Jesus. How is this, if the lodge 
religion is in harmony with the Christian 
religion ? And it is an important fact that 
there is a Lodge religion, for they have 
altars, priests, prayers, invocations, and 
hymns of praise. But since in these pray- 
ers and praises they are not allowed to 
confess our Lord Jesus, it is self-evident 
that the Lodge religion cannot be the 
Christian religion, and if the lodge relig- 
ion cannot be, and is not the Christian 
religion, what religion is it? 

Our Lord said, "He that is not with 
me, is against me, and that if we deny 
him before men, he wdll deny us before 
his Father." 

The religion, therefore, of Freemason- 
ry must be opposed to that of our Lord, 
it is therefore "anti-Christian." Anti- 
Christian in its office and ceremonies, and 
also anti-Christian in its ultimate aims 
and resolutions. On Christian grounds, 
therefore, I oppose it. And I feel it to 
be my duty to warn young men especial- 
1}^ to keep out of the lodges, if they de- 
sire to follow the Lord Jesus, and walk 
in his steps. We cannot serve God and 
mammon, we cannot worship the Lord 
Jesus and the heathen god Baal. We 
may choose, and finally we must choose, 
whom we will serve, as Elijah of old 
said on a memorable occasion. "If Je- 
hovah be God, follow Him, but if Baal, 
then follow him." "No man can serve 
two masters," and if Christ is shut out 
of the lodge rituals, as he is, then it must 

November, 1911. 



be some other master, and some other sa- 
vior that the lodge members are taught 
to look to. 

In saying these things, I need not as- 
sure you that I am not influenced by any 
personal ill feeling whatever against in- 
dividual members of the lodge. In fact 
there are many Freemasons whom I es- 
teem as dear friends ; but it is against 
the institution as a secret society, with 
secret aims and purposes that 'l raise 
my warning voice. 

Many of the members especially in 
lower degrees do not know the nature of 
the secrets they have sworn not to reveal. 
Neither do they know the names even of 
the higher secret officials of the society. 
They may know the names of those who 
manage the local lodge to which they are 
attached, but they do not know the names 
nor the persons of those who rule the so- 
ciety in its world wide ramifications. Yet 
they have sworn to obey these superiors. 
For the most part I am pleased to think 
that in this country at least the society is 
ruled by men of integrity, who are loyal 
to the national aspirations, but it might 
be otherwise, as Freemasonry aspires to 
be international and world-wide. 

But what about others in foreign coun- 
tries ? And I may remark that the society 
is not national in its operations, and, that 
it has not been, nor will it always be 
ruled by an Englishman. Why then 
should our young men be thoughtlessly, 
or craftily, induced to swear allegiance 
to a foreign authority or power? To all 
such, I say, be warned in time, and ''come 
out from among them, and touch not the 
unclean thing, and I will be a Father un- 
to you, and ye shall be My people, saith 

No man is ever laid on a shelf by Fate. 
He climbs up there of his own will and 
lies down beneath the dust, because he 
lacks the heart to rise and face the busi- 
ness of \[iQ,~Henry Seton Merriman. 

Smce the days that are past are gone 
forever, and those that are to come mav 
not come to thee, it behooveth thee, 6 
man, to employ the present time, without 
regretting the loss which is past, or too 
much depending on that which is to come 
— DodsJey. 


The Loyal Order of Moose was found- 
ed in i888, and claims to be one of the 
great social and beneficial fraternities of 
the country, which is "always ready to 
join hands in uplifting, elevating, and 
advancing the cause of humanity." All 
men of "sound mind and body, in good 
standing in the community, engaged in 
lawful business, and who are male citi- 
zens able to speak and write the English 
language, are eligible." "The supreme 
headquarters are at Anderson, Indiana." 
"The Loyal Order of Moose does not 
tolerate interference with one's religious 
or political views." It has an altar, a 
chaplain, and a burial service. It claims, 
we believe, 300,000 members. 

Mr. W. C. Anderson, one of the or- 
ganizers, told the writer that they had 
recently secured 3,600 members in Kan- 
sas City, Missouri; that they own their 
own club house in that city, and that the 
bar netted them $400 a week above ex- 
penses. He said that they had a half 
million dollars, in round numbers, in the 
treasury of the Supreme lodge. 

The initiation fee at the time of or- 
ganizing a lodge is $5.00, and later it 
costs $25.00 to join. The dues are $9.00 
a year. 

The Loyal Order of Moose is estab- 
lishing a college for young Moose, which 
shall be an industrial and normal school, 
with business course, as well as a four 
3^ears' college course. 

A circular handed me, advertising the 
order, claims Governor Deneen and a 
number of other Illinois state and county 
politicians as members. — \N . I. P. 

A pastor says, "My church has na 
greater enemy than secret societies. They 
have dried up our church services, and 
they take the most of the money, so that 
we have to set our girls to selling ice 
cream^^ to keep our church schemes 
afloat." I said, "Do you ever warn your 
people from the pulpit against the 
lodge?" "Oh, no! That would tear mv 
congregation all to pieces, for a large 
number of them are in the lodge." Con- 
trast such a policy with that of Jeremiah 
who knew that to tell the whole truth 
meant to go into a deep, dark, mirv dun- 
geon, and yet he would not cut out an 
iota of his testimony.— Rev. M. A. Gault 
m I he Christian Nation. 



November, 1911. 



Many readers who were interested in 
foreign missions a score of years ago, 
are liable to remember the immense reg- 
ular, and continuous shipment of Med- 
ford rum to Africa. The fiery tide was 
like an oppositely flowing Gulf stream. 
Aledford rum, famous throughout the 
world, was made 170 years by members 
of the Lawrence family. Samuel C. 
Lawrence, who would have been 80 years 
old in Xovember but died in September, 
entered the business at the age of 25, and 
continued it until a few years ago. 

Early in life he also became a Mason, 
and during his long career he has been a 
conspicuous figure of the order, and one 
of its chief officers. Three times he was 
grand master in his own state. I^e 
reached the farthest limit of the Scotch 
rite, becoming its Sovereign grand com- 
mander in 1909, but resigning the next 
vear. This was just a year before he 
died, and was very likely due to the fail- 
ure of his health which took place some 
time before his death. As grand com- 
mander of the grand commandery of 
^Massachusetts and Rhode Island, he led, 
on horseback, the triennial Templar con- 
clave in Boston about the time of the 
African rum horror. 


In the course of an editorial article 
written for her own paper, Mrs. Anna 
E. Stoddard, having occasion to speak of 
attempts to secure ministers as members 
of lodges, said : "Many have gone into 
them on the false idea that they can reach 
men there with the gospel that they could 
not in any other way ; but by so doing 
they weaken their influence over the very 
men they seek to save. A bright young 
business man of whom we asked what 
the wordly men in the orders thought of 
the ministers and deacons who belonged 
replied in a straightforward manner : 

'We think they are hypocrites ; they come 
down to our level instead of asking us 
to come up to theirs.' " 

A little later, Mrs. Stoddard says : ''A 
conscientious young man with whom we 
were talking was indignant when asked 
if when he joined the church he was 
allowed to know what was the creed of 
that church. He said : 'I would not join 
a church that would not let me see the 
creed and know" what they stood for.' 
Asked if he was allowed to know what 
he was to go through when he joined the 
Odd Fellows, he replied : 'No one is told 
those things ; they cannot know.' It set 
him thinking; in six months he was a 
free man." 

Suppose she had been hopeless, un- 
faithful and silent ; suppose she had let 
this opportunity for seed sowing pass; 
he might have been in bondage still. 


In a capital case the jury must return 
a verdict of "Not Guilty," if the prose- 
cution has failed tO' prove guilt "beyond a 
reasonable doubt." A misgiving is liable 
to be unreasonable, but a doubt arrived 
at through reasoning, and one for which 
a good reason can be assigned, would be 
a rational and reasonable doubt. One 
such insuperable obstacle to settled be- 
lief., when fully established by the de- 
fense, is enough. Other evidence can be 
touched lightly or neglected ; the single 
anchor holds. 

The same principle can be applied out- 
side the court room ; it should do' good 
service in pointing out effective refuta- 
tion of iVIasonic claims and allegations. 
It favors obvious unity ; it enforces sim- 
plicity ; it avoids perplexity due to con- 
fusion, w^hile it offers to the mind ready 
and secure grasp. Thought is neither 
embarrassed by a profusion of new ideas, 
nor drawn aside from the main issue. 
One arrow goes straight to the target ; a 
single, simple point, once established, 
makes all clear. 

An early step, then, in refuting a Ma- 
sonic claim, is to weed out, from its 
statement of the precise point in issue, 
every word that can be spared. Or the 
same end can be reached by doing the 
same service for a counter statement. For 
instance, the claim that "George Wash- 
ington was grand master of America," 
can be met with the more restrictive re- 

November, 1911. 



ply: "Washington was not a lodge mas- 
ter." If the narrower contention suc- 
ceeds, the broader claim is impossible. 

Resisting, now, the temptation to mass 
proofs, we shall do what we have under- 
taken by using very few facts, and these 
few indisputable. One is his own state- 
ment, written for Virginia Grand Lodge 
in 1777, which covers the first twenty- 
five years of his life after initiation. In 
this he refers to his having never been 
master of any lodge. 

This restricts the question to the re- 
maining twenty-two years of his life. A 
second written statement dated in 1798, 
covers twenty-one. In this he calls the 
idea that he is a lodge master an error, 
adding: "The fact is, I preside over 
none ; nor have I been in one more than 
twice in the last thirty years." 

By these two statements, he fully cov- 
ered the case for his whole life, except 
the few months following the second one. 
Excluding other facts, from which a dif- 
ferent single selection could be made if 
preferred, 'we can now cite the report 
of his death in 1799, n^^de to Virginia 
grand lodge, solely by Fredericksburg 
lodge, of which no one claims he was 

It costs self-control to limit an argu- 
ment in this way ; its perception by the 
reader costs less effort, however, in con- 
sequence of that control. The first step 
to 1777. and then the second to 1798, are 
made easy by Washington himself. Hav- 
ing taken them, the reader holds a posi- 
tion from which he c-m see clearly back 
through the whole lifetime. The mere 
fragment forming a brief ending in 1798 
and 1799 is easily brought within the 
Avhole. All is simple, and all is clear; 
sim])licity and clearness work powerful- 
ly for solid conviction. 

This is not the only line of proof that 
could be pursued in the same exclusive 
and restrictive way, in order to attain the 
same result. This one is a pattern of 
procedure, which could still be followed 
in using another exclusive and restricted 
group of facts proving the same thing. 
We are not merely showing that Wash- 
ington denied what began to be said of 
him while he was yet living ; we are try- 
ing to establish the principle that convic- 
tion may sometimes be accomplished bet- 
ter bv selecting a few proofs than by 
massing many. 


The words of Dr. Nathaniel Colver, 
pastor and educator, ought to be reread 
and newly pondered in Tremont Temple, 
Boston, the church intimately associated 
with his honored name. In that build- 
ing where Tremont Temple congregation 
worships, is published a leading organ of 
the denomination ; and in that paper 
needless items of news with now and then 
other matter, give aid and comfort to 
the system of which Dr. Culver was 
once a bondman, but from which he 
afterward escaped. ''Thank God, I am 
out!" he wrote another who had borne 
the same bonds. 

To blue pencil items conveying the in- 
formation that "Rev. A. B. of Back- 
woodsville has lately preached a sermon 
to the A. B. C. or the X. Y. Z. fake 
insurance lodge," would improve the 
desk work of the news editor. Such blots 
on a good paper are liable to be offensive 
to many if not injurious to all. It seems 
to be within the length of the editorial 
cable tow, to trim even copied matter 
sufficiently to preclude repeating this 
kind of classifications : "Has a church 
fulfilled its mission when it has attended 
the services, paid the pastor's salar}^, and 
met the apportionment ? Is it enough 
if we succeed in maintaining year after 
year the corporate existence of our par- 
ticular congregation ? Shall we leave it 
to the Salvation Army, the Y'^oung ]\Ien's 
Christian Association, the Free Mason's 
Lodge, the Labor Union, the Settlement 
House, to perform those social tasks 
which the church b\' her very constitu- 
tion is called upon to perform ?" 

Wliy not include the Beer Garden, 
as at least one more place that might 
claim to be social? To a casual and not 
intelligentl}' discriminating reader, the 
impression would be conveyed that a task 
closely similar to what the church should 
have performed has been taken up bv 
the lodge, in a wa\- approximately to 



November, 1911. 

supply the neglected service. The lodge 
furnishes dances ; it provides cards ; but 
this is a doubtful way of doing the neg- 
lected work of a church. It is not fair 
to class the lodge with the church, or 
with agencies co-operating with the 
church, if others mentioned honor Christ 
when the lodges ban his name; or if the 
Y. M. C. A. offsets Masonic balls with 
evening schools promoting intelligence 
and power to promote industrial or so- 
cial interests of an elevating type ; or if 
social settlements lift up those whom 
the dance has dragged down or those 
whom cards have ruined. And it is 
doubtful religious journalism that per- 
mits its influence to go, even in a sec- 
ondary or subtle way, to the side of 
hostility to the head of the church whose 
work the lodge could not do if it tried, 
and the opposite of whose works it act- 
ually does. To make men merely social, 
no matter how, is not the task of the 
church. To make men disciples and fol- 
lowers of Christ is not the purpose of a 
lodge that prohibits mentioning His name 
even in prayer during its session. Ob- 
scuring so important a distinction, does 
not make the impression of the best re- 
ligious journalism. Quotation marks 
seem a limited refuge, and the blue pen- 
cil seems entitled to freer range. 


Booker Washington says and does so 
many good things that we the more sadly 
deplore his joining the ranks of secretists 
and throwing the weight of his splendid 
influence into the harmful side of the 
scale. He is president of the National 
Negro Business League, which must of 
course be an open association. From 
twenty-five states,, more than a thousand 
delegates met in New York a year ago 
to attend the eleventh annual session. In 
the course of the president's address, he 
was reported by the New York Times 
to have said that ''the negroes, too, had 
the right of organizing as many secret 
societies as they liked in this country." 
President Washington said, with a smile, 

"a privilege they enjoy more than any 
race of people under the sun." He said 
he met an old negro woman not long ago 
in Georgia who had been a widow a 
week less one day. 

"My ol' man done me mo' good in de 
las' six days," she said, "dan in all de 
twenty-fo' years we lived together." 

She had got $600 from a sick benefit 

There is a certain humor in the anec- 
dote, though rather grewsome, but the 
question of the influence of secret orders 
on negro character is grave enough. The 
secret orders among white people are 
associated with drinking and dancing, 
with card playing and the fouler sort of 
immorality. It seems far from improb- 
able that they are schools of vice to the 
negro. Dr. Washington is probably in 
the position where the late Dr. Swartz 
remained for some time after being free- 
ly received into a high grade Odd Fellow 
lodge in New York city, where the ordi- 
nary initiation fee was $500. He had 
been a member a good while before he 
found that, out of sight yet in connection 
with the lodge, were rooms for drinking 
and prostitution. President Swartz said 
he literally bowed with his face in the 
dust and promised his God to come out 
from the order. He died president of the 
National Christian Association. Some 
startling day President Washington's 
eyes may be opened. 


A contemporary preacher who was 
once an advanced Mason makes in writ- 
ing the severe charge that "It is treason 
against one's country whenever, as often, 
the oath prescribes that a fellow member 
shall be protected contrary to law." The 
same writer adds that "Those Masonic 
oaths which require the Mason to take 
the part of a brother Mason in court — 
whether right or wrong — are treason- 

The "third point of fellowship," which 
requires keeping criminal secrets, disfig- 
ures the third degree. The obligation to 
extricate one involved in any difficulty, 
and to do this "whether he be right or 
wrong," is assumed in distinct terms in 
the seventh degree. It is no new idea 
that Masonry exerts a pernicious influ- 
ence in court. A pledge to warn a Ma- 

November, 1911. 



son of danger, keeps company with the 
oath to protect criminal secrets which 
■comes four degrees earlier. It may, in- 
deed, be only at a time when circum- 
stances arise demanding its fulfillment 
that actual treason is clearly recognized 
by some who know the oath. Yet is it 
not an act of treason to take a pledge to 
be upon occasion an active traitor ? The 
evil begins in taking such an oath ; and, 
begmning there, it there also suddenly 
goes far. 



"I have no doubt the book will do 
great good."~Safmtel Dickie, President 
of Albion College, Mich. 

"I like it well. I wish every hesitating 

soul in our country might read it." 

Chas. A. Blanchard, Pres. IVheaton Col- 
lege, III 

"He goes straight to the core of things 
in a clear and logical way. My convic- 
tion is that his exposures of the fallacies 
of the Christian Science teaching cannot 
be successfully answered or refuted. This 
book is worthy a place in the library of 
every Christian home." — Rev IV T 
Sfackhoiise, D. D., (Gen. Sec'y Lay- 
men's Missionary Movement — Northern 
Baptist Convention). 

Price, 75 cents, postpaid. Address the 
author, Wm. Leon Brown, Lawrence 
Ind. ' 


At a recent conference of the Christian 
Reformed Church, held at Grand Rapids, 
Mich., labor unions were subjected to a 
fair and square examination. From the 
evidence submitted, the conference con- 
cluded that unfair and illegal measures 
are often resorted to, in order to enforce 
the demands of the unions, hence it was 
advised that the members of their church 
refrain from uniting with organizations 
so manifestly unfair. The conference 
based^ its action largely on the follow- 
in?: ''(i) The oath required by most of 
the unions is unscriptural ; (2) the ob- 
ject of the unions is not inspired bv 
broad humanitarianism, but rather by 
extreme selfishness; (3) in no way are 

the religious and moral faculties of man 
developed by unionism." 


[from an editorial in the wesleyan 
Naturally we are interested in the 
moral and spiritual condition of the com- 
munity and church in which our ances- 
tors lived for several generations, and a 
recent opportunity made it possible for 
us to make some inquiries regarding the 
community and church mentioned. 

Our first information was to the efifect 
that there had been organized in the 
community, with a meeting place a few 
rods away from the church building, a 
secret society known as the Grange, and 
a large proportion of the members of 
the church had joined this society. 

The second item of information was in 
efifect that the members of the Grange, 
including all of the members of the 
church who have joined this society, were 
giving themselves up almost without any 
restraint to dancing. 

The third item of the information was 
that a former pastor had preached faith- 
fully against the dancing amusement, 
and the members of the church have 
withheld support and opposed him until 
his return was made impossible without 
the exercise of arbitrary Episcopal au- 
thority, and that a second pastor had 
dealt with the situation with equal fidel- 
ity, and was being persecuted beyond be- 
lief on that account. 

We have personally known for at 
least forty years that the church men- 
tioned has been fearfully cursed, by the 
fun loving spirit of its members and by 
the frequent organization of various se- 
cret societies, made up in part of the 
members of this church. The Grange 
was the first secret society to carry the 
members of the church by wholesale into 
public dancing, but it is only a step farth- 
er along m the way the church has been 
going for many years. 
_ Subjecting the situation to every pos- 
sible analysis which we can make of it it 
brings the inevitable conclusion that se- 
cret societies and sinful pleasure seeking 
were twin evils in that case; and if in 
that case, we know of no reason why they 
should not be in every other case.^ The 
facts are that observation everywhere 
confirms this view. 



November, 1911.. 

Iecc5ei'0* Ie0tim0me0» 

1 know that your exposures of Secret 
Societies are correct. I read the Orange, 
"Ro^■al Arch/' from Ronayne's book, 
audit is right, for I took the degrees my- 
self. God saved me from those cursed 
things eight vears ago. I was master 
of L. O. L.. Diamond of the West, No. 
891. I was also a three hnk Odd Fel- 
low and can praise God in reality for 
deliverance. — J. M. Anderson. 

Elgin, Manitoba. 


As I have been requested to give some 
reasons why I have seceded from the 
I. O. O. F., K. of P., etc., I will give the 
reader something to think about that 
perhaps you had never thought of. Space 
will not permit me to go into detail on 
this subject, for it is so abominable that 
one scarce knows where to stop. The 
lodge is not the worst thing the world 
has, not so bad as the saloon, yet some 
of the lodges are dealing out the damn- 
able stuff that makes men crazy and go 
home late at night and rouse the wife 
and children out of bed, and in some in- 
stances drive them out of doors. 

I think the lodge is the best thing the 
world has to offer, for when you stop to 
think, what has this old world got to of- 
fer you, Brother, Sister, anyway? A^ou 
say the lodge promotes faith in God, hope 
in immortality, and charity to all man- 
kind, and in these three we have your 
motto, brother Oddfellow, "Faith, Hope 
and Charity," and I want to say right 
here that you mJss the spirit of the les- 
«i-»n a, thousand miles when you are teach- 
ing this 13 chap, of ist Cor. in your 
lodge. I know what is taught in that 
order for I have gone the route via Jer- 
icho and have fallen among thieves and 
all the rest of the nonsense and boy's 
play that goes on in the lodge room. 
When you go to teach charity you con- 
strue it to mean dollars and cents given 
to the sick and needy. God never taught 
that lesson in this chapter, for charity 
means love. In its greatest form, "God's 
Love.'' Hov^ many of you comprehend 
what God's love is? May the Lord help 
people to get their eyes open. 

Suppose it were true that the lodges 
were promoting faith in God, hope in 
immorality and charity to all mankind, 
what right then has a man that calls him- 
self a Christian to hide that Vv^ork from 
his wife and children ? My dear brother, 
get down your Bible and read Matt. 10: 
26-27. "Fear them not, therefore: for ■ 
there is nothing covered that shall not be 
revealed, and hid that shall not be 
known. What I tell you in darkness, 
that speak ye in light : and what ye hear 
in the ear, that preach ye upon the house- 
tops." And when you come home late , 
at night and your wife ( who is a part 
of yourself) asks you where you have 
been, you say "I have been initiated." 
"W^as there anything wicked?" "No." 
"Was there anything ridicidous ?'' "No." 
"Well, tell me about it." "I am not per- 
mitted to tell you." Is this the valuation 
you have put on your affections for your 
wife? You say, "Nothing ridiculous." 
What about the obligation you took, 
brother I. O. O. F., when 3^ou had the 
hoodwink lifted from your eyes and be- 
held the ghastly human bones in front of 
you? Why then do you go about de- 
. ceiving your brother ? Why is it you 
speak evil of a seceder? Why is it you 
won't attend church because he does? 
What do you think of a man that will 
read out of God's Word and offer a 
prayer ( ?) and then take God's holy 
name in vain ; and going out of the lodge 
room, will stop in the ante-room to play 
cards, or in a saloon to get a drink of 
liquor on his way home ? Do you mean 
to tell me that this is not ridiculous ? It 
is worse than ridiculous : it is mockery, 
and God has said he will not be mocked, 
for "whatsoever a man soweth that shall 
he also reap." 

"Let yoin- light so shine before men 
that they ma}^ see your good works, '^ 
Jesus said. Then why do you go into the 
third story of a building and pull down 
the blinds to let your light shine, that 
others may see your good works? Now 
there is only one way for you to keep 
your secrets and that is to get a building 
that is higher than any other, and even 
then God knows even the secrets of bur 
hearts, for the eye of the Lord is in 
everv place beholding the evil and the 

Then there is another reason why I 
seceded from the Lodge. God's Word 

November, 1911. 



tells me, "Be ye not unequally yoked to- 
gether with unbelievers : for what fel- 
low^ship hath righteousness with un- 
righteousness?" How can you be a 
lodge man in the face of this 
vScripture ? How many believers or real 
Christians have you in your Lodge ? You 
say not very many. Well, why then 
will you violate (iod's command and 
yoke yourself up with such an outht ? 

When God's Book gave us the story 
of the man that fell among thieves He 
never intended it to be a secret. Then 
why be so ridiculous as to have a man 
become the laughing stock of forty or 
fifty men by binding him with a chain 
and shooting arrows at him? — child's 
play ! What would you think of a man 
astride a broom handle running up and 
down the street ? yet you would do it in 
the Lodge room if they should ask you; 
or you wdll permit yourself to be led by 
the arm blindfolded and allow some one 
or dozen men to punch you or cause you 
to stumble and fall, or you will submit 
to almost anything of which a worldly 
mind is capable. You will say : Of course 
I would not do it, or I would lick the 
fellow that would do such things to me, 
yet those are some of the capers that go 
on in the Lodge room ; and you pay a 
nice round fee at the door in advance 
to be made a fool of. You say all the 
brainy men of our city belong. Well, 
this is a great exhibition of brain matter! 
It is more like child's play. Paul says, 
"When T was a child, I spake as a child, 
I thought as a child, but when I became 
a man I put away childish things." 

Another reason is the cost of this non- 
sense. Fifteen dollars to get in and in 
some orders it costs four to five times 
that amount. Then the regular dues — 
they amount to several times as much 
as you are willing to give to help save 
souls. Think of these amounts, Sister, 
and suppose your husband should lay 
these amounts at your feet, would you 
not be happy? From the W. B. Statis- 
tics of 1883. an order of 555,000 mem- 
bers received $5,000,000. Two million 
dollars of that amount was given to the 
poor and the sick, etc., and it took all 
the $3,000,000 to meet their expenses, so 
that it cost that fraternity $3 to give 
away $2. If our church did that way 
there would be a laugh all over the 

These facts and a great many more I 

could mention convinced me that if I 

expect Ciod's love to abide in me I must 

cut loose from the things of this world. 

Yours for His service, 

Rev. C. a. Morrison. 


Mangum, Okla., March 10, 191 1. 
Air. William I. Phillips, 
Chicago, Illinois. 
Dear Editor of the Cynosure: 

First T thank you for what the journal 
is to me, and while I read and study 
it all, 1 have thought there was one very 
objectionable feature in lodgism, which 
may have been somewhat overlooked. 
With your permission, I will bring this 
to your attention. I refer to the name 
in which prayers are offered. Unless the 
secret w^ork has been much changed since 
I was one of them, they close all ritual- 
istic prayers, "For Thine own great 
name's sake." 

Now, to be candid, such praying is no 
praying at all, and can never bring any 
results. It is worse than vain, for it in- 
sults the only accessible approach to the- 
throne of Almighty God. Some might 
ask, "What's the dift"erence?" It is all. 
Jesus said, "I am the zvay * "^^ * no- 
man comefh to the Father but by me.'' 
''By Whom also zve have access by faith 
into this grace/' ''There is one mediator 
betzveen God and man even Christ 
Jesus:' "There is no other name given 
under heaven." ''If ye shall ask anything- 
in My name, I zvill do it." 

I insist that no man, be he ever sa- 
holy, can make any approaches toward 
a throne of grace except through high- 
priestly intercession, and when we leave 
the High Priest, Jesus Christ, out oE 
our worship we destroy our only way 
to the throne. The Father's throne is a'. 
throne of justice and judgment and when 
we approach Him, we can expect Him 
to hold out a scepter to us only as we 
acknowledge the Son. It is useless — 
worse ; it is vain. Yea, it is blasphemously 
sinful. It can never stand. 

Should some poor child of God cast 
an eye over these lines, I beg of you^ 
examine into this awful sin as I did 
many years ago and separate yourself 
from it before God separates you from 
your inheritance. "He that honoreth not 
the Son, honoreth not the Father." 



November, 1911, 

All the wordy babble uttered to an 
idol, saint or even direct to the Father, 
will but increase the worshiper's damna- 
tion. God said, "When I see the blood I 
will pass over you/' The blood means 
the Christ. Oh, how very little real pray- 
ing is done! We pray for results. This 
is the proof. Alas, how much heartless, 
prayerless, senseless, Christless praying 
there is, that is vapid nothingness — pray- 
ing to be praying. 

We cannot approach God's favor in 
any other name but that appointed unto 
man, Jesus Christ. If Satan can get 
the worshiper's eyes off the Mediator, 
they may pray all their lives, and to no 

I thank you for this little place in your 
columns. — ^L. F. Gassier. 


My desire grows upon me to testify 
against secretism, and in the name of all 
that is moral, right and Christian, to ear- 
nestly plead with young men to avoid 
these by-ways of evil. 

More and more I see the whole scheme 
and fundamental character of lodgism to 
be diametrically opposite to that of Chris- 

It gives me the greatest sorrow to see 
Christian ministers entangled in this yoke 
of bondage. I believe in the divine call 
of a minister to service for Christ, and 
that only those who are so called should 
dare to undertake this sacred duty; and 
I am as sure that the Spirit of God called 
me out of the lodges as I am that He 
called me into the ministry. 

The following are the reasons I had 
for entering the lodge : 

I. Curiosity excited by lodge symbol- 
ism. 2. The desire for popularity among 
lodge men and the expectation of in- 
fluencing them to church attendance, and 
ultimately to the acceptance of Christ. 
3. The invitation of close personal 
friends. 4. The financial benefit in case 
of sickness or other misfortune. 

I think this last one was the one which 
the spirit of darkness used against me 
successfully, causing me to break over 
conscientious scruples and go headlong 
into secrecy. At this time I was in hard 
circumstances financially, resulting from 

a series of misfortunes, including sick- 
ness and death in my family, and the 
breaking of my own health. 

In my early Christian life I had be- 
longed to the Independent Order of Good 
Templars, but had ceased to attend after 
a very few meetings, because I was dis- 
gusted with the monkey-signs, winkings, 
wigglings, grips and grimaces, called 
lodee "work" ; but most of all because 
I discovered that the meetings led to so- 
cial impurity. 

I had been told over and over again 
by lodge men that such lodges were not' 
to be compared to the real thing, conse- 
quently, when I finally decided to know 
more about secrecy, I went from one to 
another vainly hoping to find one which 
had no foolishness or other objectionable 
features. I can testify that I never left 
a lodge room after a meeting without 
feeling less a man than before I entered. 
I found the five lodges to which I be- 
longed alike in this power to unmake 

For ten years I kept up my dues in 
one of them, though I never darkened 
the lodge-room door but a few times 
after taking my last degree. Finally, 
however, I came to see that by keeping 
myself in "good standing'' in the lodge 
I was sanctioning that which I knew to 
be an evil, and doing violence to my con- 
science ; it seemed to me then that I 
must come out of the lodge or give up 
my hope in Christ. 

At this crisis I was not long in decid- 
ing. I came out to stay out and to do 
what I could to keep others out of this 

''snare the fowler." 

In conclusion I will briefly state my 
reasons for leaving the lodges : 

I. Secrecy is anti-Christian, Christ is 
"the light of the world," and his follow- 
ers are "cities set on a hill that cannot 
be hid." 2. Lodge "work" is foolishness. 
3. The association of evil men which 
cannot be avoided. 4. The waste of time 
that should be used for some good pur- 
pose. 5. The late hours of lodge meet- 
ings, which militate against health — 
physical and moral. 6. The misspent 
money for dues, etc. 7. Last, but not 
least, the social impurities that develop 
under lodge auspices. — Rev. Ernest Lee 
Thompson, Stockton, III. 

November, 1911. 



Seni0 of ®ur Pori 


The annual convention of the Michi- 
gan Christian Association opposed to 
secret societies was held on October 4th 
and 5th, in the Third Christian Reformed 
church, Kalamazoo. It was certainly one 
of the best of recent years. All the 
speakers on the program except one were 
present to do their part. And, while the 
attendance at the day meetings was small, 
the people seemed full of faith and cour- 
age. Several of the workers came nearly 
two hundred miles to be in the conven- 
tion and were glad they came. Dr. Clay 
was not present. President Blanchard 
seemed to be at his best and aroused en- 
thusiasm in all. 

Michigan realizes the need of a good 
man constantly in the field tO' lecture, 
talk and scatter literature. Plans were 
made to systematically canvass the anti- 
secret churches in the interests of this 
work. We confidently expect, before an- 
other Annual Meeting, to have distrib- 
uted thousands of tracts and taken hun- 
dreds of subscriptions to the Christian 

The officials of the association remain 
as last year, except the vice presidency. 
They are as follows : President, Rev. A. 
B. Bowman, Wheeler ; vice president, 
Rev. J. J. Hiemenga, Grand Rapids ; sec- 
retary. Rev. A. R. Merrill, Williamston; 
treasurer. Rev. J. E. Harwood, Hart. 

All the people in Michigan interested 
in anti-secret work are cordially invited 
to correspond with any of the officers of 
the association. 

The following resolutions were adopt- 
ed : 


Whereas, Man was created after the 
image of God that he should know, love 
and serve him and thus be happy; 
Christ's redeemed are delivered from sin, 
restored to spiritual life and made 
temples of the Holy Spirit that God may 
be glorified in them ; God, our Heavenly 
Father, gave us His Word as the in- 
fallible expression of His will in order 
that we might obey it. 

And whereas. The Lodge is a religious 
system of which every secret society is 
an organic part, and this religion is not 

that of Jesus Christ but that of Satan. 
The fight against this secret empire is a 
part of the good fight of faith unto the 
grasping of everlasting life; therefore 
be it 

Resolved : i. That the lodge is a system 
which is truly repugnant to the Word 
of God, the religion of Jesus Christ and 
to true patriotism. 

2. That no member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ should be a member of the 
lodge in any one of its many ramifica- 
tions, by reason of its principles and 

3. That every Christian is in duty 
bound to oppose the Lodge as aggres- 
sively as Providence may provide oppor- 
tunity and to do all possible to open 
the eyes of those caught in this snare 
of Satan. 

4. That the Church of Christ ought 
not to allow its members to be members 
and supporters of the Lodge system, but 
it is called of God to lovingly and firmly 
labor with such members as may be in 
the Lodge and if necessary discipline 
them in the name of the Lord. 

5. That the Michigan State Christian 
Association feels constrained to acknowl- 
edge its indebtedness to the good people 
of Kalamazoo for their loving hospitality 
during this convention. 

A. R. Merrill, 
Secretary, M. C. A. 



The Michigan State Christian Associa- 
tion, against secret societies met, as was 
announced, on October 4 and 5. Five 
sessions were held, three of which were 
largely executive and spent in listening 
to suggestive talks and in laying out work 
to be carried out during the interim be- 
tween this convention and the next. Only 
one of the speakers disappointed us. 

This assembly listened to some in- 
structive and inspiring addresses. All 
were characterized by the spirit of con- 
viction and resolution. Not one was of- 
fensively personal. The Association does 
not fight persons, but principles and or- 
ganizations based on these. 

Rev. J. J. Hiemenga's paper was a 
powerful arraignment of the lodge as a 
religious institution, which, according to 
its own authorities, must be adjudged on 



November, 1911. 

this principle. He furthermore proved 
conckisively from their own writings 
that this rehgion is not that of Christ. 
The only course open therefore was to 
x:lass it among the religions of Satan. 

As Dr. Clay did not appear, the wTiter 
took his place and gave a talk on his sub- 
ject. "The Leadership of Lodgery." The 
gist of this talk was that the leadership 
of the lodge is inevitably dow^nw^ard and 
away from all that is good and profitable. 

Dr. Charles A. Blanchard, whom many 
of TJic Baiuicr readers know in person, 
made the journey from Wheaton, 111., to 
Kalamazoo, to take part in the conven- 
tion. He delivered an address on Chris- 
tian jMinisters and Secret Societies. We 
were not privileged to hear this address 
— much to our regret. Neither was it 
our privilege to listen as Rev. S. Elders- 
vekl handled the subject, ''De Invloed 
der Lodge op het Amerikaansch Kerke- 
lijk Leven." We know, though, that 
both addresses were to- the point and 
unsparing in exposing the evil of the se- 
cret society. 

Again and again it is apparent at our 
-conventions that outsiders know much 
■more about the principles and practices 
of the lodge than its very members do. 
Many a man, and woman, too, for that 
matter, joins the lodge without at all un- 
derstanding what he is doing. There is 
many a member who is astonished when 
"he attends these anti-secret meetings to 
hear of things done in the lodge meet- 
ings and to see set before him the prin- 
ciples back of it all. Ofttimes assertions 
made by speakers are denied by mem- 
bers in the audience. Generally men get 
■angry and leave the meeting because they 
'Cannot successfully gainsay what is said 
about organized secrecy in general or 
about some particular lodge. 

This convention had as one of its out- 
standing features the amount of plan- 
ning done with an eye to systematizing 
matters and increasing the efficiency of 
the association in this state. After much 
deliberation a plan was adopted which 
lias as its aim the obtaining of a bona 
fide membership throughout the whole 
state and a goodly list of Cynosure 
readers. Every pastor present bound 
Limself to endeavor to find some person 
in his congregation willing to solicit mem- 
-ers for the association at tlie cost of 50 
cents, or Si with tlie Cynosure as 

premium. This excellent monthly mag- 
azine on organized secrecy costs $1 an- 
nually. It is well worth reading. It 
reall}^ keeps one posted. Furthermore, it 
was thought possible that every pastor 
of the various anti-secrecy churches 
would be willing, if requested, to find 
some one in his church to solicit for 
members as above. Each pastor present, 
took on himself to request the pastors of 
his denomination to do so. Others are 
to receive a letter to this effect from our 

A continued effort is to be made to 
obtain and maintain in the field a lec- 
turer. Such a man is to give all of his 
time to the work of lecturing against se- 
cret organizations and to solicit readers 
for the Cynosure. It may be difficult to 
find the right man and no less difficult 
to support him. But the association is 
going to try. 

One thing was saddening, namely, the 
apparent apathy of our people, their in- 
difference to the work attempted by the 
association. One gets the impression 
that our people are satisfied to leave 
matters take their course now that we as 
a Church have declared ourselves op- 
posed to- this evil, the lodge. They care 
nothing, so it seems, as to what this en- 
emy of the Church is doing. They are 
not solicitous b}^ reason of the havoc he 
is working in other churches. They are 
not apprehensive that notwithstanding 
our decided position as a Church, Satan 
may be enticing our yoimg men and 
women into his net, there to destroy them, 
There is a mighty lot of selfishness in 
the situation. And the time will surely 
come wdien we will regret it, for our 
young people are being drawn into the 
net. And the easier we hold ourselves 
in this affair the more will Satan profit 

It was a pleasure to meet with the 
brethren, who are fighting with us the I 
fight of faith and to subscribe w^ith them| 
to the resolutions adopted. 


Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 17, 191 1. 
Dear Cynosure : 

On the ocean voyage all through thel 
nio'ht the "lookout" calls the hour andl 
announces ''All's well'' or "Dangerl 
ahead," as the case may be. We mustl 
constantl)' record the passing of lovedl 

November, 1911. 



ones, and can always add when they are 
Christian, ''All's well." I was recently 
startled on learning of the passing- of our 
good friend, Elder Wm. A. Anthony, of 
the Church of the Brethren, living at 
Shady Grove, Pa. To him was given a 
great work, to which he responded in 
loving service. Many churches were un- 
der his care. A very large company 
mourn their loss in his sudden taking 
away. He was very helpful to the writer, 
giving much needed aid in preparation 
for our last Pennsylvania state conven- 

Yesterday's mail brought word that 
our aged friend and helper, Mr. T. C. 
Speer, an elder of the Northwood Ohio 
Covenanter Church, had passed to the 
better life. His daughter writes that one 
of the last meetings he attended was the 
Ohio State Anti-Secrecy convention at 
Bellefontaine. He loved to do service 
for the Master. Surely he was faithful 
unto death. We shall miss him. 

In the coming of our good friend and 
co-worker, Rev. J. W. Burton, to the 
King Street United Brethren church, 
Chambersburg, Pa., our friends are 
greatly encouraged, and the church much 
strengthened. Brother Burton is one of 
the aggressive anti-lodge workers. 

During the month past it was my priv- 
ilege to serve churches two Sabbaths in 
New Jersey, the West New York United 
Presbyterian, near Weehawken, and the 
Christian Reformed of Englewood. Both 
gave cordial support and encouragement. 
Paterson, N. J., g'ave Jts usual help. 
There were additions to the Cynosure 
subscription list. Our good friend Weida 
of the German Lutheran church reported 
the circulation of much anti-secrecy lit- 
erature, and great success in keeping 
out those not yet caught and getting oth- 
ers out from the lodge. Two new do- 
mines have come to Christian Reformed 
churches, and all seemed encouraged. 
There Avere several calls for lectures. I 
found Brother Lagville of Corona. L. L. 
lettino- his light shine as usual. His new 
son-in-law is much interested in our 
work. There were reports of some be- 
ing saved and leaving the lodges, which 
was cheering indeed. 

T was permitted to attend for a little 
while the conference of our Swedish 
Congregational friends, meeting in Pas- 
tor Ohlson's church, Cambridge, ]\Tass. 

They were a line appearing body of men. 
The joy of their service was very mani- 
fest. Several subscribed for the Cyno- 
sure. As a body, they are opposed to 
the lodge. Mrs. Anna E. Stoddard, in 
charge of the New England anti-secrecy 
work, reported a good summer at North- 
field, Mass. Thousands of tracts and 
Home Lights giving the testimony of 
Rev. E. Y. Woolley and others had been 
distributed with good effect. There had 
been a good sale of anti-secrecy publica- 
tions and prospects for the fall and win- 
ter were encouraging. 

The spending of some days at Nokes- 
ville, Va., discovered new fields ripe for 
the harvest. President L N. H. Beahm 
has been the prime mover in the estab- 
lishment of a much needed Christian 
school at this place. On account of the 
poor health of himself and wife he moves 
to the farm for a time, leaving the school 
to those who are well fitted to carry for- 
ward the work. The student body now 
numbers sixty, with a faculty of five. I 
spoke twice in the College, also in a 
church of the Brethren in the country 
near at hand. 

In material things this country has 
been blessed and favored much. Farms 
that found little sale at $15 and $20 per 
acre a few years ago have readily brought 
from $75 to $100 per acre in the recent 
past. Lots of one acre on the edge of 
the new tov/n were selling for $400 and 
$500. The people seemed happy in serv- 
ing the Lord and building up the coun- 
try. There are no saloons, and little 
lodgery as yet. Led by Elder Early, a 
dozen of the leading citizens subscribed 
for the Cynosure. ]\Iore lectures are 
called for. The church of the Brethren 
now have three schools for higher edu- 
cation in Virginia. They are making 
splendid progress. It seemed wise that 
I come to this section to work for a time. 
Many friends have been visited in Fay- 
ette and Westmoreland counties. 

At Scottdale I found the "Aloose," 
''Elks" and others of tlieir kind working 
the ruin of those they could reach. "Fire 
bugs" had set fire and burned down some 
of the stores and attempted the destruc- 
tion of several homes, and the Devil 
seemed exceedingly active on the one 
hand, while on the other I found the 
Mennonite publishing house enlarging^ its 
force, sending out its millions of light 



November, 1911. 

giving pages of printed matter, and bear- 
ing its faithful testimony in exposing the 
works of darkness. Friends here paid 
for several Cynosures to be sent to 
those they hoped to help. 

Last Sababth was spent at Braddock, 
Pa. There was an open door for our 
message in the Free Methodist church. 
The attendance was good. God helped 
in the delivery of the message. Some 
half dozen cheerfully subscribed for the 
Cynosure. Several spoke of help re- 

For the rest of this month I am re- 
sponding to the need here. God willing, 
I go to Wisconsin the first of November 
to carry out the work being planned by 
our General Secretary. If any there 
w^ish my help (who have not already re- 
ported), kindly write to the Cynosure 
office at once. 

W. B. Stoddard. 


Alexandria, La., Oct. ii, 191 1. 

Dear Cynosure: 

I was accosted by a Sunday school su- 
perintendent and high church dignitary a 
few days ago who said. ''That paper of 
yours, that Christian Cynosure, is one 
of the biggest lying publications in the 
country. Why, it don't do a thing but lie 
about secret orders." I asked him to 
point to one untrue statement in its col- 
umns. He replied, ''Why, the whole 
publication is a pack of lies." I said, 
"Sir, I write an article for that publica- 
tion every month, and I defy you to point 
to one sentence in my articles that is not 
true." He said, "Well, I am not talking 
about your articles, but there are others 
that are not true." I demanded of him 
to point out one untrue sentence, but he 
would not. So he said, "Well, I am in 
the lodge for what my family will get 
when I die. My family will get $1,200 
from my lodges." I asked him what it 
cost to keep up his lodges (seven in all) 
monthly, and he said, after a little figur- 
ing, "About an average of $10.50 per 
month." I said, "Do you know that is 
$126 a year?" He paused a moment and 
answered, "Well, I never counted it up 
before." I asked him what it cost to 
join his seven lodges. He said, "To join 
the whole seven is about, let's see, well, 
about $40." I asked, "Do you have to 

furnish a supper at each initiation?" He 
said, "Yes." I asked, "How much do 
you pay for each additional degree?" 
He said, "25 to 75 cents." I asked, "How 
often do you have to pay for pass 
words ?" He said, "Every three months." 
I asked, "Flow much each quarter?" He 
said, "I pay 20 to 25 cents to each lodge 
for the pass word." I asked, "How much 
do' you pay for uniforms and regalias?" 
He said, "Well, all together, just about 
$75 or v$8o." I asked, "Do you have to 
pay fines ?" He said, "Yes, if I miss a 
meeting it is 25 or 50 cents. HI miss 
a sermon or a funeral it is $1. Or if I 
fail to sit up with the sick it is $1." L 
asked him, "How often do you attend 
prayer meetings or other church services 
during the week?" He said, "Sometimes 
once a month, or once in two months, 
but I always try to go to church once on 
Sunday and give 10 or 15 cents, and I 
never miss the first Sunday in the month ; 
then I pay 25 cents for pastor fees ; and 
I always give 5 cents in Sunday school." 
Reader, just think of it ! Here is a 
licentiate local preacher, a deacon and a 
Sunday school superintendent, who pays 
according to his own highest estimate 
about $13.40 to his church and Sunday 
school per year to support his pastor, to 
meet current expenses and to support 
home and foreign missions, while he pays 
$126 lodge dues and probably $100 or 
more for initiation, suppers, degrees, re- 
galias and fines. "Oh, consistency, thou 
art a jewel." How can blind guides lead 
the blind? Flow can such an idolatrous 
Baal worshiper feel the presence of 
God's Holy Spirit or exercise influence 
over sinners? I told him that at his age 
he could get an insurance in a solvent 
company for $2,500, which would not 
cost him more than $48 per year, and no 
meetings to attend, no' fines to pay, no 
regalias or pass words to buy and no 
suppers to furnish, no wine to drink out 
of a human skull and no secrets to keep — 
which I thought by far more beneficial 
to his family. Fie said he had never 
heard it explained that way before. I 
explained the blasphemy and inconsist- 
ency of their blood-curdling and Christ- 
less oaths and asked if he as a Christian 
could afi^ord to longer support such an 
institution. I secured his subscription to'' 
the Cynosure and a promise to more 
prayerfully look into the lodge system. 

November, 1911. 



Pray for the glorious triumph of truth 
among these poor dehided people. 
Yours sincerely, 

F. J. Davidson. 


Trenton, Tenn., Oct. 3, 191 1. 
Dear Sir and Brother in Christ Jesus : 

I have been at Dyersburg, Tenn., for 
the last ten days. I have been doing mis- 
sion work as usual among the women. I 
get a chance to speak to the men also, 
and in making the house to house visits 
I have a chance to leave a tract at each 
house. Some of the colored preachers 
who belong to secret orders said, ''We 
are not concerned about breaking up 
lodges. White folks started them, and 
it will take them tO' break them up." 
They also said, "This woman ought to 
die ; she has no business to divulge our 
secrets. We are doing more for the 
poor than the Church is." While I was 
there I was asked to speak in the court 
house square. There were more than 
200 white people there. The Holy Ghost 
came upon me mightily and I reproved 
and rebuked and exhorted with all long 
suffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2.) 
I condemned all sin and when I was 
through talking some one said, "Who 
believes her report ?" and there was clap- 
ping of hands all over the "square" and 
the people answered, "All she says is 
God's word." They shook my hand and 
said, "Go on ! We are your friends, and 
no one shall hurt you here." 

On my way here, yesterday, while 
waiting for my train at Newburn, Tenn., 
I had a chance to distribute tracts. Near- 
ly every colored preacher you see wears 
a lodge pin. 

Well, thank God, I am still alive, and 
am determined to declare the truth to 
my brethren, like Ezekiel (Chapter 3), 
"whether they will hear, or whether they 
will forbear." We must warn them and 
let them know what their Heavenly Fath- 
er says. God bless the N. C. A. 

Yours for Christ and against lodges 
and everything else that is wrong, 

Lizzie Woods. 

Wheeling, Mo., Oct. 7, 1911. 
Mr. Wm. I. Phillips, Chicago, 111. 

Dear Sir and Brother : I am in a good 
meeting here, and I have the lodge people 

on the run. They are sewed up, and 
don't know what to do or say. I thank 
the Lord that some of the people are 
getting their eyes open. The light is 
shining, and all Hell can't put it out. One 
of the Modern Woodmen of America 
said, when he heard me on the lodge 
question : "That was worth $75 to me." 
So he is hearing me gladly. But others 
are mad ; I am glad and the work is go- 
ing on. One big fellow, a short time 
ago, went over to town to have me ar- 
rested, but he could not. When he came 
back I said, "I want you to understand 
that you can't have me arrested for 
preaching the truth and condemning the 
lodge, and before you can stop me you 
will have to have a law made, but that 
will be unconstitutional, and the people 
of this great country will not stand for 
it." He didn't do any more, and I 
showed up the lodge in great shape. 

I am glad to say that at one place 
where I held three meetings, one lodge 
went down. There were four, and the 
other three are nearly dead. Thank the 
Lord .' I called together a church there 
in the name of Christ (Col. 3:17) with 
126 members. So the good work is go- 
ing on in the name of the Lord, in this 
part of old Missouri. 

You don't know how bad the secret 
orders are treating me ! But I am push- 
ing on to victory, in the name of Christ. 
I am glad to see so many are getting 
their eyes open to the truth of God and 
seeing the many evils in the orders and 
coming out of them. 

Remember me, brethren, as in the 
Ozarks of Missouri, with all the Devil's 
forces against me. Pray for me. 
Yours for the Truth, 

J. L. Davis. 

Mr. Richard Carroll, general manager 
of "The South Carolina Industrial and 
Home Placing Institution for the Train- 
ing of Destitute Children," located at Co- 
lumbia, vS. C, writes under date of Sep- 
tember 30, 191 1 : 

"I have always believed in the prin- 
ciple taught by the Christian Cyno- 
sure. The colored people of the south 
should get hold of your magazine. They 
are deserting churches and turning more 
and more to lodges. iNIany of them are 
holding lodge meetings on the Sabbath. 



November, 1911. 

I would be glad if you could send me 
some literature for distribution among 

A father sends $3 that each of his 
sons, whose homes are in different states, 
may have the reading of the Christian 
Cynosure. Isn't that a good plan ? The 
only better one that I can think of would 
be to make each a life member of the 
association, thereby securing the Cyno- 
sure to each for life. 

AA'artburg, Natal, South Africa, 

August 26, 19 II. 
Dear Brother : 

Alany thanks for the twenty-five copies 
of Dr. Torrev's letter. If I could write 
to you in my own language, German, I 
am sure I would be able to touch your 
"hearts, but in a foreign tongue I fear 
only to touch your eyes. I cannot tell 
3^ou how glad I am to find that I can re- 
•ceive assistance from you against the 
greatest enemies of the Christian Church. 
Brethren, if there is a little room in your 
Tiearts for an old worker for Christ, 
please assist him with your prayers. I 
liave a small German congregation, and 
a German school, a native school and also 
a native congregation gathered through 
the grace of God during my twenty-eight 
years' work here. I have only God and 
my children for help. 
Fraternally yours, 

(Rev.) Gustav Adolph Stielsen. 


Among the shepherds who are seeking 
faithfully to guard the flock from the 
lodge w^olves is Pastor H. P. Dannecker, 
of Ft. Wayne, Ind. Noting the tempta- 
tion of the lodge for some of the young- 
people, he prepared a pamphlet giving at 
length a discussion of Four Points 
Against Secret Societies. The points 
made are as follows: 

1. It is wrong to swear or promise not 
to reveal a secret before we know what 
that secret is. 

2. It is wrong in any religious worship 
to leave out the name of Jesus inten- 

3. It is wrong to believe or teach that 
any man can be saved without faith in 
Jesus Christ. 

4. It is WTong for a Christian to sup- 
port a society which does these things. 

In this pamphlet quotations are made 
from writings and sayings of the Knights 
of Pythias, Woodmen, Red Men, Elks, 
etc., showing their Christless character. 

Of the Elks he asks, ''How do they 
sing the doxology?" 

"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise Him all creatures here below; 
Praise Him above for all that's good; 
Praise God for our true brotherhood." 

The prayer of the K. of P. is quoted 
as follows : 

"Vouchsafe Thy blessing, our heavenly- 
Father, on the events of this evening. Be 
Thou with us. Shield us from all harm, and 
finally permit us to be with Thee on the last 
great day, a united brotherhood, to share the 
blessings of life eternal. Hear and answer 
us, we beseech Thee. Amen." 

The Woodman sings : 

"So let him sleep that dreamless sleep, 
Our sorrows clustering round his head; 
Be comforted, ye loved who weep ! 
He lives with God ; He is not dead." 

The Red Men have as their motto : 

"Freedom, Friendship, Charity : 
These must govern in our order, 
From the center to the border, 
Then we all shall happy be." 

It will be observed this is all as hollow 
and empty of Christ as the tomb of 
Joseph after the resurrection. 

There are many kinds of love, as many 

kinds of light, 
And every kind of love makes a glory 

in the night. 
There is love that stirs the heart, and 

love that gives it rest ; 
But the love that leads life upward is the 

noblest and the best. 

— Henry van Dyke. 

I am glad a task to me is given. 

To labor at day by day ; 
For it brings me health and strength and 
And I cheerfully learn to say : 
"Head, 3^ou may think ; heart, you may 
feel ; 
But, hand, you shall work alway.'' 

— Susan Coolidge. 

As the dawn precedes the sun, so„ 
should acquaintance precede love. — Dii 

November, 1911. 




Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 21, 191 1. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

Yours of the i8th is just at hand. You 
sent me Dr. Torrey's reasons for not 
joining- the Masons : they are very good, 
but not as radical as they ought to be. 

A few days ago I called on a Baptist 
minister who a few years ago visited an 
Oriental country in t